Lev8 Labs has done it again by creating a unique terpene blend that tastes out of this world. If you’re tired of profiles that taste too bitter or citrusy, then you’ll appreciate this unique mixture of organic compounds that taste surprisingly sweet. This particular profile contains many of the same terpenes that you would find in the indica strain, and offers a wide range of terpene uses. But in order to learn more about the effects you’ll feel with this blend, first, we’ll have to take a look at the effects of indica itself and learn whether or not this profile can really measure up.
Our Verdict: This popular blend by Lev8 Labs is created using a blend of terpenes commonly found in indica strains of cannabis. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not disclose the terpene content, which can be pretty frustrating to new and old terpene users alike. However, they do disclose that the blend is modeled after a couple of popular strains of marijuana, such as grape ape and grapefruit, and a third, mystery strain. In terms of effects, this profile can provide relaxing, calming effects. Since it’s modeled after indica strains, it most likely also causes sedative effects. Overall, I found that this profile offered a very sweet aroma and flavor that includes floral notes and a hint of bitterness. If you’re looking for a terpene profile that can help to reduce pain, stress, sleep issues, anxiety, and inflammation, then I highly recommend this Zkittles profile.
Overview and Features
Medicinal cannabis can be used to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety disorders, chronic stress, and much more. However, there are two different main varieties of cannabis: indica and sativa. The manufacturer claims that this terpene profile offers many of the same effects as the sativa plant because it contains many of the same terpenes found in that cannabis variety. Unfortunately, the manufacturer is very hush-hush regarding exactly what terpenes are in this profile, which also means you won’t know which terpenes are dominant and what types of effects you can anticipate based on the terpene content. So, we’ll take a look at indica and determine what types of terpenes are usually found in this type of cannabis strain.
Learning the difference between indica and sativa is important in order to find the right strain for each user.
Most cannabis users have reported that sativa strains tend to offer a more energizing experience.
This profile is classified as indica. Usually, indica plants often contain lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD. With indica, you can expect:
- Muscle relaxation
- Pain reduction
- Decreased nausea
- Increased appetite
- An increase in dopamine production
Indica is also suggested for nighttime use and not recommended for use during the day due to its sedative properties.
Sativa is essentially the opposite of indica. The plant itself takes much longer to mature and grow, compared to indica. Medicinal cannabis produced by sativa plants will have a higher THC content and a lower CBD content. The major qualities of this strain include:
- Pain reduction
- Increased alertness
- Increased focus
- Increased creativity
- An increase in serotonin production
This strain is better for daytime use since it can provide a natural energy boost and increased mental clarity and focus.
As you can see, each of these strains has its own range of effects on the mind and body, which is why each type offers a different set of medicinal benefits.
An Indica Terpene Profile
Since this terpene profile includes many of the same terpenes that a standard indica strain does, you can expect calming, relaxing effects, in addition to possible sedation. Whether or not this terpene blend can cause sedative effects can vary from user to user since every person’s brain chemistry is different. However, since sedation is a possibility, I don’t recommend using this profile during the day. The dose size should be minimal and gradually increased over the course of several days, based on how your body responds to it.
Aroma and Effects
Just like an indica strain, this profile has a very strong, sweet aroma. The type of effects you can expect can vary from person to person. Some users reported a very strong relaxing and calming effect. If you’re searching for terpenes for sleep, then this profile may be what you’ve been looking for. This blend is a great choice for people suffering from chronic anxiety and those who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night. It can also help to minimize inflammation and general body pain. In fact, it’s very effective in providing overall pain relief and is often used to treat insomnia, sleeping disorders, body pain, and general anxiety.
With any type of indica strain of cannabis, users know that they need to wait until the end of the day before they can vape, dab, or smoke, and the same applies with this indica inspired blend.
This profile should be used in the evening. While the instructions state that it can be used as needed, be sure to monitor how your body and mind respond to use and dose size. Again, since it can cause sedation, refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery during use.
Begin with two to four drops. You should begin to feel effects in as little as twenty to thirty minutes. If you don’t feel any effects by this time, add one to two more drops. If you have fewer than five hours of sleep left I don’t recommend an additional dose until the following evening. Since this profile can potentially cause sedative effects, you don’t want to wake up in the morning feeling groggy. Some users had no complaints regarding the sedative effects claiming they were able to wake up easily in the morning, unlike over the counter and prescription sleep aids. This will be a huge selling point for anyone who has trouble sleeping at night.
These terpenes have been steam distilled, which is the most effective way to harvest terpenes and the only true way to preserve terpene potency. Other methods which utilize intense cold or heat will only damage the terpene content.
Terpenes are classified as organic compounds that are found in plant life. They’re what give plants their unique flavor and aroma. Lev8 Labs uses terpenes that derived from mature cannabis flowers.
Extraction is completed in strain-specific batches. It’s done this way to ensure that the terpenes remain at their peak potency. They do not blend lower quality terpenes with their sativa strains in order to maintain purity and potency. The manufacturer also claims that they don’t alter the flavor or the aroma of this profile by synthetically imitating flavor profiles. Instead, the profile’s aroma and flavors are all due to the unique terpene blend.
These terpenes work together synergistically with cannabinoids as well as with each other via the entourage effect, which is what provides the calming, relaxing effects that many users are seeking from a blend designed to mimic the effects of a sativa strain.
Possible Terpene Content
Since the manufacturer does not list the terpenes included in this blend but does claim that the blend contains many of the same terpenes commonly found in indica strains, then I can only surmise that it contains many of the same aromatic terpenes that give indica its unique aroma and flavor, such as pinene and myrcene. The grape ape indica strain contains a high content of pinene and myrcene, both of which offer calming effects.
Will This Profile Impact My High?
So, how exactly do terpenes have an impact on your smoking experience? While more research is needed, we know that the human brain contains a concentration of receptors that are affected by cannabis use due to the THC content. When you dab, vape, or smoke, the receptors are activated, which is what helps to create that type of high you experience with different strains. Terpenes can totally change the way the brain’s receptors interact with the THC. Along with the terpenes concentration and the type of terpenes used, you can have total control over the type of high you experience, in addition to how powerful or mild your high is.
Most sativa strains often contain a much higher concentration of limonene and pinene terpenes, which are known for their euphoric effects. However, sativas also have a very low concentration of myrcene, which is often found in indica strains and it’s known for it’s powerful calming and sedative effects. Because of this, it makes sense that most indica strains are often used as a way to relax at the end of a long day, so you would want to avoid using this specific blend if you’re trying to be more productive.
This blend can be added to your favorite cocktails, recipes, lotions, tinctures, and other extracts. The bottle comes complete with its own unique dropper lid and can hold fifteen drops of terpenes. Avoid using pipettes or other droppers with this product since the included dropper is the only way to accurately measure terpene doses.
If you’re tired of bitter terpene profiles, then you’re in for a real treat with this fruity flavor-packed blend.
This blend has a flavor that’s a combination of grape ape and grapefruit strains, in addition to an unknown strain that the manufacturer does not disclose. With use, many users report a nice body relaxation combined with a mental buzz. The flavor is initially sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, with a hint of floral notes.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Provides a calming/relaxing effect
- Treats pain, anxiety, and chronic stress sufferers
- Promotes a healthy sleep pattern
- Includes dropper for accurate dosing
- Strong sweet flavor and aroma
- Reasonable price
- Manufacturer does not disclose details regarding terpene content
Lev8 Labs Versus Kind Terpenes
The Kind Terpenes Pineapple Express profile is one of their best-selling blends to date. It offers many of the same effects that this profile does, however, the manufacturer does an excellent job of disclosing the exact terpene content, which is a huge plus to new and old users alike. The Pineapple Express profile contains linalool, myrcene, pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene.
It works as a natural mood elevator and like this blend from Lev8 Labs it also offers a calming, relaxing effect that most users love. The high levels of limonene gives the blend a nice citrus aroma, with hints of tropical fruit. The caryophyllene gives the profile a slight earthy smell that’s also noticeable. Since linalool is known for its sweet flavor and aroma, it’s obvious that this profile has a high linalool content.
While both profiles offer similar effects, the fact that Kind Terpenes breaks down the profile for you will be a huge incentive for most buyers to give it a try. Both profiles are offered at a comparable price, so it will be more a matter of which brand you want to try, one that clearly lists what’s in the profile, or a brand that claims to offer one of the most potent and effective blends on the market, with no information to back it up.
Conclusion and Rating
There’s no doubt that Zkittles is powerful, potent, and can provide many of the effects most users are looking for. However, unlike many competing manufacturers, Lev8 Labs refuses to disclose the terpene content or information regarding the flavor source of the blend. For some, this lack of information will be a red flag, while others will assume the manufacturer is simply protecting their formula. But if you’re someone who wants to know exactly what you’re taking, then this lack of full disclosure will be disappointing and may be enough to cause you to pass this blend by. However, if you’re looking for a powerful blend that offers a calming, relaxing effect and one that can help you to naturally manage your pain and anxiety, then ZKittles can provide you with the relief you so desperately need. I gave this profile a rating of four and a half stars out of five.