Our Zkittlez strain review goes over this indica-dominant strain featuring an abundance of flavors. Pungent, potent, and balanced. What more can you ask from your weed? Zkittlez’ sweet, fruity, and sour flavors truly let you “taste the rainbow.” Keep reading to find out more about this award-winning indica hybrid.
What Strain is Zkittlez?
Zkittlez, also known as Skittles or Skittlz, is a popular cannabis strain with 16-21 percent THC levels. Bred by a leading West Coast farm, Zkittlez has racked up awards like there’s no tomorrow, and not just for its flowers. Its rich terpene levels make it a great strain to make extracts with. Get ready for some of the best live resin or bubble hash you’ve ever dabbed.
Average THC Level: 19 percent
Strain Type: Indica
Genetics: Grape Ape x Grapefruit x [undisclosed]
Breeder: 3rd Gen Family and Terp Hogz
Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Humulene, Linalool
Awards: 1st Place at the 2016 Emerald Cup; 1st Place Indica at the 2015 Cannabis Cups in San Francisco and Michigan
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Bred by Colorado’s 3rd Gen Family and Terp Hogz, Zkittlez is a cross between Grape Ape, Grapefruit, and a super secret strain. Its popularity shot up starting in 2016, but had been building up for the previous five years. Its grape and grapefruit scents mix perfectly with the mystery strain’s fuel-like aroma.
At first, the breeders weren’t too proud of its looks, but the strain more than made up for it with tons of tropical candy terpenes and a rush of euphoric effects. They passed around the strain in joints to avoid presenting a lackluster bag appeal. Today, it’s used by many breeders to produce a long list of sweet and fruity strains.
Zkittlez genetics can be found in the following strains:
Huckleberries: Zkittlez x Paradise Punch
Testarossa: Zkittlez x Magnum Opus
Peyote Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Peyote WiFi
Watermelon Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Watermelon
Zkittlez Mints: Zkittlez x Sin Mint Cookies
Sour Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Sour Diesel
Gelato Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Gelato
Zkittlez Cake: Zkittlez x Wedding Cake
Purple Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Purple Punch
Blue Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Blue Diamond
Lemon Zkittle: Zkittlez x Lemon Skunk
Cherry Zkittlez: Zkittlez x Cherry Pie
Much like its namesake, Zkittlez features a punchy candy flavor with hints of tropical fruits. You’ll taste the sweet and tangy flavor of oranges mixed with the refreshing and earthy pine taste. On the other end of its flavor spectrum, you’ll notice a distinct floral and diesel tang that finishes off with a citric punch.
Zkittlez’ complex terpene profile contributes to its alluring and pleasant aroma. Expect hints of pepper, hops, and floral notes along with a sweet syrupy aroma. While not exactly “loud” with aroma, Zkittlez has the perfect ratio of terpenes to tickle your senses. Linalool’s floral scent mixes with the hoppy humulene, citrus-scented limonene, earthy myrcene, piney pinene, orange-y nerolidol, and fuel-like terpinolene.
For an indica, Zkittlez delivers a surprising amount of euphoria. It has a fast onset characterized by intense physical relaxation and stress relief. You won’t feel any of the couchlock or hyper-activity that can overwhelm new or low-tolerance users. Instead, you’ll feel a pleasant wave of calm, focus, and bliss.
Zkittlez is the prime example of how a high level of terpenes can influence the experience. High-THC levels aren’t the only compounds to look for in your weed. Terpenes play an important part in the entourage effect that minimizes the negative side effects of the intoxicating THC. THC can get you high, but its terpenes can keep that high on a balanced level. Ideally, you want to enjoy this strain with a mellow activity.
As a balanced hybrid, Zkittlez is the perfect strain to relax your mind and body. Unwind after work with its calming effects. This indica hybrid, in particular, has been used by medical patients for its innate ability to ease anxiety, chronic stress, and depression. In many cases, Zkittlez also provides mild-to-moderate pain and nausea relief.
Feelings: Relaxed, Happy, Euphoric, Uplifted, Sleepy
Medical Uses: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain, Insomnia
Products: Flower, Pre-Roll, Vape Cartridge, Live Rosin, Crumble, Shatter, Live Resin, Full Melt Hash, Diamonds
Zkittlez’ buds stem from a large cola and heavy branches. Like most other indica hybrids, Zkittlez’ small-to-moderately-sized buds are dense, bulky, and round. Featuring bright green bracts, this indica hybrid is nearly covered with rusty-colored pistil hairs. A heavy dusting of white trichomes are the keepers of its high-terpene count.
How to Grow Zkittlez
Zkittlez seeds are only available as feminized seeds, not regular. It’s able to grow just as well indoors as it does outdoors. Outdoor growers, however, have noticed more robust terpene flavors and yield under optimal conditions. Zkittlez is a hardy strain that’s resistant to high humidity and mold. That makes it the perfect strain to grow for beginners. Expect to grow a short plant with high yields.
Growing Difficulty: Easy
Plant Height: 40-65 inches
Flowering Period: 7-9 weeks
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