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Zkittlez: The Unique Cannabis Strain That Lets You Taste the Rainbow

What Zkittlez lacks in aesthetics and "bag appeal" it more than makes up for with its distinct, powerful terpene profile.


Zkittlez: The Unique Cannabis Strain That Lets You Taste the Rainbow

Willy Wonka couldn’t fully dream of the flavors at his disposal, even inside the candy wallpaper room, where he told Violet Beauregarde “we are the music-makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.” 

Gobs of aroma and flavor await openers of bags of Zkittlez — one of America’s most flavorful, fragrant, award-winning and trending cannabis strains of 2016. 

Zkittlez surfaced slowly over the last five years, originating from a single garden in the West Coast’s most dominant farm — 3rd Gen Fam, winners of 38 awards, including Grand Prize of Chalice California for their Zkittlez rosin processed by Moonshine Melts.

The lovely, pungent, balanced indica hybrid strain began when the 3rd Gen Fam gifted “Brandon” a cut of Zkittlez, which he took and ran with.

It was a cross of a primal grape-flavored strain and another local grapefruit-tasting strain, as well as likely something with fuel in it. Zkittlez lacked bag appeal, but more than made up for it with gobs of tropical candy terps and wholesome, positive effects.

“When we first introduced it to people, we could only do it in joints and pass it around to our friends,” Brandon said. “If they were to see the jar, they would be dogging us right away. It was a blessing and a curse. When we passed it to [rapper, businessman] Berner, we couldn’t show him — it was just too ugly.” 

Zkittlez demonstrates how a high-THC count alone cannot match copious terpenes— which contribute to an ‘entourage effect’ far bigger than higher-THC-testing flowers. If THC is the engine, terpenes are the wheels.

Zkittlez leaves a strong impact on people who try it. Exhibit A: seven awards won in four weeks, including the title belt in the World Secret Cup with an old school Zkittlez bubble hash. 

“[Zkittles] handles like a beauty —it’s enjoyable no matter what… but I’m really proud of that one,” Brandon said. “That made me feel really good. The solventless revolution is here.” 

Zkittlez genetics are now available through the Fam’s “Dying Breed Seeds” label. And look out for a new line of exotics with Berner, under the “Connoisseur Union” brand — including Rose, Dragonfruit and The Lemonge.


Zkittlez looks like an indica hybrid — with its dense, moderate-to-small size and rounded density. It features copious pistils, which are reddish brown, gold and blond over a medium-green to lime-green color.


Cannabis aficionados love this strain for its huge nose, which isn’t loud like gasoline, but more thick and syrupy sweet. It’s the precise ratio of linalool (floral), humulene (hops), limonene (lemons), myrcene (perfume), pinene (pine), nerolidol (orange) and terpinolene (fuel) that creates the inviting aroma and strong yet balanced effects.


Zkittlez feels moderately dense and powdery with THC resin as opposed to sticky. Its fused leaves break apart nice and chewy rather than locking the grinder. Great for Js, bowls, vapes — you name it.


That huge terpene load translates into huge tastes as well — a rainbow gobstopper of sugary orange and pine, with a floral-fuel bite, then orange again.


Fast onset, physical relaxation and mental stress relief with neither couch-lock nor raciness.


Indica hybrids are often used by patients managing anxiety and chronic stress, as well as depression. Many report it can also relieve pain and nausea. Outdoor versions of Zkittlez are the perfect accompaniment to inner-tubing a lazy river. It’s too enjoyable to ruin on hard work. It’s brunch weed, or back-from-the-club weed. Not go-to-the-club weed. You’re going to be content, so don’t put too much on the agenda. Go see a chill movie, or just Netflix and chill.

Zkittlez fast facts:

  • Breeder: 3rd Gen Fam/Terp Hogz
  • Grown by: various
  • Type: Indica hybrid
  • Genetics: Original Dallas Grape Ape X Humboldt Grapefruit X [undisclosed]
  • Flowering: 56 -63 days
  • Yield: High

Originally published in issue 22 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

TELL US, have you tried Zkittles?



  1. Jordan stuart

    February 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    It’s not even his strain I made it in Fortuna California tell Burner that

  2. Wesley

    March 16, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I Have used Zkittles Smart Cart brand vapor cartridge, Top of the line! Great Indicator Effects and taste!

    • Joe

      May 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Who cares

  3. John Melland

    January 2, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve tried the Zskittles and it’s my favorite strain still! The smell and flavors are just fantastic! 23.36% THC and grown by NW Kind in Oregon. It taste like skittles candies but it also taste like fruit loops cereal too. A little sour notes on the back of the throat and delicious fruity flavor. Sometimes it does smell like pine or citrus cleanser. It’s all good no matter! It rock’s to have a weed with that flavor!

  4. Jason francis

    November 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Hi do you deliver to uk thanks

    • Jos

      May 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm


  5. Bob Felch

    September 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I’ve had the pleasure of bonging down a 1/4 oz of zkittlez during the past week and it was a very smooth week indeed. It was locally grown and apparently the grower knew his business because the buds were nice and tight with a wonderful taste and beautifully colored. The buzz was very relaxing without bringing on the “nod” that many indicas tend to cause.
    All in all, Zkittez is a great strain that can be enjoyed during any part of your day. I would highly recommend this to any experienced toker although the high THC levels may be too much for some beginners. Happy highs!!

    • Rib Gebhardt

      April 11, 2018 at 6:52 am

      high THC levels???hahaha this srain tests at just over 10%thca. This is weak in the cannabis world. This strain also tested positive for mold at the 2016 cup win (as did all the other strains) the hype over this strain is ridiculous and my ACE strain is better

  6. Maynard

    July 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I would love to grow some zkittles outdoors next season.

  7. Adrian

    June 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I wanna get some zkitltlez do you deliver to uk

    • Joe

      May 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Still need that?

  8. Marcus parker

    December 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Need canbinnas

    • Joe

      May 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Still need that?

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