Multidimensional diffusion weighting, such as magic angle spinning of the q-vector (q-MAS), relies on the assumption of multiple Gaussian compartments (MGC). Then the kurtosis measured with q-MAS can be fully ascribed to ensemble variance of isotropic diffusivity. However, in compartments with nongaussian diffusion, anisotropic time dependence of the diffusion tensor imparts orientation dependence on the q-MAS measured mean diffusivity, which in the presence of orientation dispersion leads to additional contributions to kurtosis. Yet another contribution arises from intracompartmental kurtosis. Using simulations and experiments we demonstrate that q-MAS derived diffusion kurtosis conflates variance in isotropic diffusivity with dispersion and intracompartmental kurtosis.