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An increase in the popularity of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, combined with a focus on the development of new strains, means that there is a broad market offering a strain for almost every situation. Whether you’re looking for a sativa to help motivate and energize you or an indica to enjoy while chilling out in front of your favorite movie, there is something for everyone.
Zkittlez is a great example of what can be achieved when contrasting strains are crossed, creating something that offers the best of both worlds and a high that develops throughout the day, giving you an excellent sense of variety as you move throughout your day.
Zkittlez is a hybrid strain that both gives you a burst of energy and focus, while also allowing you to experience a mellow body high and zone out for the evening with some snacks.
Let’s take a closer look at Zkittlez and find out what you can expect from a hybrid strain with such a sweet name.
What is the Zkittlez Cannabis Strain?
Zkittlez is an extremely popular and well-respected strain, having won a number of awards including first place at the 2016 Emerald Cup and first place in both the San Francisco and Michigan Cannabis Cups during 2015. The main reason for such a high level of fame and popularity is due to the strain’s unique flavor. As its name suggests, Zkittlez is a strain with both a strong aroma and flavor that are repeatedly compared to the popular candy, Skittles.
Zkittlez is the result of Grape Ape, an indica strain, being crossed with Grapefruit, a sativa, creating a hybrid strain that combines the mind high that you would expect from a sativa with the physical effects that come with indicas. Being the result of two strains that have fruity names, Zkittlez was always going to have a robust and sweet flavor and aroma. You can expect an eruption that resembles a pack of fruit candies bursting open, filling the air with their sweet scent. The fruity theme carries over to the strain’s taste, with strong notes of both grape and grapefruit, from its parent plants, combined with a citrus tang.
Zkittlez is a fast acting high, which begins with a sense of pressure around your eyes that quickly moves through your senses, leaving you with an enhanced sensory awareness. This is a great time to put on some thought-provoking music or a deep movie because Zkittlez allows you to see the world in a different and much more profound way. The uplifting effects of Zkittlez help you to feel motivated and ready to focus on tasks that require deep levels of concentration.
When taken in large doses Zkittlez can cause distorted sight and a new way of seeing the things around you. This is something that you might only want to try at home or somewhere that you feel safe because, while this can result in a truly euphoric experience, it can also leave you feeling slightly anxious if you are not somewhere that you feel comfortable.
Times seems to pass much slower than normal, making the initial effects of Zkittlez appear to last much longer than they actually do. As the high develops it works its way through your body, filling you with a sense of calm relaxation, this can be a welcome change after the mind race that Zkittlez can cause. The deep, weighted feeling in your body can counter the mental motivation that can be experienced when first taking Zkittlez. It is, therefore, a good idea to use this strain to focus and work through tasks, to complete them early on during the high.
Towards the end of the high, you will feel a dip in your energy levels, finding that you have very little motivation to get up and move. This is not surprising given the rollercoaster that your mind has been on, and it is extremely enjoyable just to sit and chill as your body comes down from the high.
Zkittlez is an ideal strain to take during the late afternoon when you feel yourself lacking in motivation and need that burst of energy to finish of the day’s tasks. The slow, developing high means that you have enough time to finish off your day with a new sense of purpose and energy, before sitting back and relaxing as the body high sets in.
Given its name, what kind of aroma can you expect from Zkittlez? Is it actually like breathing in a fresh bag of Skittles?
Upon breathing in Zkittlez’s aroma, it becomes very clear how this strain got its name, with a strong fruity scent that resembles the popular sweet candy, Skittles, hitting your nostrils.
The initial aroma of Zkittlez can only be described as opening a pack of Skittles and sticking your nose into the pack, allowing all of the fruity flavors to hit your sinuses at once and overwhelm you with a strong, candied, fruity scent.
Grinding Zkittlez brings out sour notes, similar to what you expect when tearing open a bag of sour Skittles. These sour tones mix with the strong fruity smell that fills the air, creating a sweet-sour tang that you could almost eat rather than smoke.
Zkittlez produces a smooth smoke that is a joy to inhale, as the mix of sweet and sour fruits travel down your throat and fill your lungs with a feeling of peace.
Let’s take a closer look at the flavor profile of Zkittlez and find out if it is fruity in more than just name and aroma.
Zkittlez is often described as being like tasting a rainbow. Breathing in Zkittlez’s smoke your taste buds are woken with a powerful mix of grape, lemon, and berry. The flavor intensifies as you breathe deeply and enjoy the power of the rainbow.
Upon the exhale, you are left with a fruity twist in your mouth, with strong notes of grape that result from Zkittlez’s parent strain Grape Ape. Expect to feel like your mouth is overcome with a rainbow for a long time after smoking Zkittlez, as the taste continues for a long time after your last exhale.
Zkittlez’s buds are densely packed and resemble the kind of structure that you would expect from an Indica strain, rather than of a hybrid of this type. The buds are striking due to their unique color palette, a mix of light green shades that are tinted with purple hues. Making them even more unique, the buds are covered in thick white trichomes that work their way down to the stalks, providing a continuously furry appearance that goes over the entire plant.
Zkittlez’s leaves are small and delicate in appearance, also covered in the same thick white trichomes that are found on the buds. This gives leaves a smooth texture that is very rarely found on plants of a similar strain.
You are probably wondering how you can get your hands on Zkittlez and whether it is possible to grow your own at home. Let’s look at what is actually involved with growing a Zkittlez plant.
Zkittlez Cannabis Strain Grow Info
Zkittlez seeds cannot be purchased online, making it a slightly harder strain to get your hands on and be able to grow yourself. For anyone looking to grow Zkittlez at home, your best option is to purchase clippings from a healthy, mature plant that you can then cultivate and grow from. There are of course benefits to seeds being so difficult to come by; it means that there are very few variations of Zkittlez and by growing genetically identical plants both the growing process and the strains effects are much more predictable.
If you do manage to get your hands on healthy Zkittlez clippings, this is a plant that grows best in hot, humid climates. Depending on your climate, Zkittlez can be grown outside and actually benefits from the nightly temperature drops, allowing the purple hues that are found on buds to develop and be much more vibrant.
This is not to say that Zkittlez cannot be grown indoors but just that if the deep purple hues are something that you want to achieve on your own plants, finding a way to control the temperature and lowering it for a few hours every day is going to be important.
You can expect Zkittlez plants to flower between 8 to 10 weeks and for harvests to return a particularly large yield.
THC Content – Highest Test
Zkittlez has a higher than average THC content, with the average for hybrid strains being 12%. The average THC found in Zkittlez is 13.5%, but research has shown that THC can be as high as 23%, depending on how this plant is grown and whether or not it has been adequately cared for.
As with most strains that have a high THC content, you can expect the initial high to be focused on the mind, with it later developing through your body and leaving you in a total state of bliss.
How does the CBD content of Zkittlez compare?
CBD Content – Highest Test
There is very little information available about the CBD content of Zkittlez, but given its high levels of THC, it is correct to assume that only traces of CBD can be found, with an average of less than 1%. This is common for most strains that have such a high CBD content and results in a strain that has much more of a focus on being a mind high, rather than a fast-acting body high.
What can you expect from Zkittlez then in terms of its medical benefits, given that it has such a low level of CBD? Let’s take a closer look at some of Zkittlez’s health benefits.
Medical Benefits of the Zkittlez Cannabis Strain
One of the main medical reasons for taking Zkittlez is to help manage stress and depression. Thanks to Zkittlez’s body high, it can help to relax your body while still remaining mentally focused enough to continue with a productive day. The calming effects on your body make stressful situations feel much more manageable and reduce the likelihood of your physical stress levels rising.
The mental high that comes with Zkittlez also makes it a great option for people who suffer from ADD and ADHD. Thoughts become much deeper and focused, allowing you to stay on track and complete tasks without becoming distracted as easily.
The body high that results from Zkittlez also makes it an ideal strain for dealing with Insomnia. As the high develops the mellow, sleepy effects that take over your body that occur when taken in large doses can help you drift off to sleep trouble-free.
Another common effect when taking larger than average doses of Zkittlez is an increased appetite. As a result, it is often recommended for people who are struggling with a loss of appetite as a result of illness and medication, as you can’t help but eat as much as possible once the high sets in.
Just like prescription medications, marijuana comes with side effects, and it is worth being aware of these before experimenting with Zkittlez. Let’s take a closer look at the most commonly reported side effects.
Possible Side Effects of the Zkittlez Cannabis Strain
Zkittlez is a strain that has very few side effects, and even those that it can cause are more of an annoyance rather than an actual medical concern and are only short-lived. The most common side effect of taking Zkittlez is the famous dry mouth that you can expect from almost every strain of marijuana. This is accompanied by dry eyes for a large number of people. Both of these effects are nothing to worry about and have no long term adverse effects on your health.
Side effects that are less common but have still been reported in some cases are mild headaches and dizziness. These tend to only last a few hours and are more common when Zkittlez is taken in large doses, as is the same with many other strains with a higher than average THC content.
It is worth being aware that if you are somebody who has a low THC tolerance or suffers from panic attacks, you should take Zkittlez with caution. Due to its high THC content, people have reported an increase in paranoid thoughts, as well as Zkittlez causing panicked thoughts, all of which can combine together to bring on a panic attack.
Final Thoughts on the Zkittlez Cannabis Strain
Zkittlez is a fun, fruity strain which has both recreational and medical benefits. Famous for its close resemblance to Skittles candy in terms of both its flavor and smell, it’s uniquely childlike flavor profile, and high makes smoking Zkittlez a joy, almost like actually eating candy and being a kid again.
If you’re looking for a strain that works with you throughout the day, taking you from a productive afternoon to a laid back evening chilling on the sofa, you are going to be extremely pleased with the effects of Zkittlez. This is a strain that comes in waves as a result of being a hybrid with distinct parentage; you definitely experience both the mental highs of a sativa and the mellow body highs of an indica one after another.
Zkittlez is a perfect strain to take when you just want to enjoy yourself, alone or with friends. With a fantastic taste and mesmerizingly wonderful effects, this is a strain that everyone should try at least once.