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The ACDC strain (cultivar) is perfect for treating various medical conditions due to its high levels of CBD. The CBD to THC ratio, reported to be 20:1, shows this strain helps obtain marijuana’s medical benefits without intoxication. ACDC may help manage anxiety, neuropathic pain, and epilepsy.

The ACDC strain is not named after the rock band but is an acronym for “Alternative Cannabinoid Dietary Cannabis.” The strain was given its name by the original breeder, Northern California physician Dr. William Courtney in 2011. He acquired the seeds from Barcelona and crossed them with Cannatonic and Ruderalis strains hoping they’d help with his wife’s lupus. Dr. Courtney’s intention is for it to be used as an (unheated) dietary supplement.

This hybrid blend has an equal balance between indica and sativa components. Users have reported that it is an uplifting blend that allows concentration and intense calmness. It is primarily used for its therapeutic effects.








Strain types

  • 50%Indica
  • 50%Sativa


  • Earthy
  • Spicy
  • Sweet


  • Earthy
  • Spicy
  • Sweet


The terpene profile of ACDC weed includes myrcene (herbal), pinene (pine), beta-caryophyllene (pepper), and occasionally limonene (lemon). It has predominant earthly aromas with hints of spice and sweetness. It is also important to mention the entourage effect that terpenes can have on the overall cannabis experience. Myrcene is typically known to increase relaxation and decrease anxiety.

  • Beta-Caryophyllene

  • Limonene

  • Myrcene

  • Pinene



ACDCs has been reported to have the following effects:

  • Relaxing
  • Sleepiness

The following adverse effects have also been reported:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Red Eyes

Due to its extremely low concentration of THC, AC/DC does not produce any intoxicating effects and allows the user to be in complete control when taken. It is very popular and liked by many of its users. The common strain effects reported are increased euphoria, sleepiness, and relaxation. The negative effects of ACDC are similar to taking any form of cannabis and include dry mouth, red eyes, dizziness, and fatigue.

Medical Applications

ACDC has been typically used by people seeking its therapeutic effects. Reviews have mentioned a significant improvement in users' well-being.
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Cannabinoids like CBD can help modulate serotonin transmission, giving it anti-depressant and anxiolytic effects.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Anxiety, Panic Disorders

Cannabis contains many anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) compounds that can beat stress and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

THC can blunt the effects of cortisol on stress receptors over time, reducing stress, anxiety, and insomnia associated with PTSD.

Organ Systems

  • Mental / Emotional

There is now a considerable body of evidence showing that cannabidiol (CBD) can help reduce the frequency of seizures in people suffering from Dravet syndrome or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, particularly severe and treatment-resistant forms of childhood epilepsy.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

A combination of THC and CBD can help reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms and any related neuropathic pain.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) modulates inflammation and pain transmission in the nociceptive pathway. CB1 receptors are abundant in the regions of the brain implicated in the conduction and modulation of pain signals. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and help regulate inflammation.

Medical cannabis is also full of phytocannabinoids and terpenes with anti-inflammatory properties.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System



growing strains

ACDC requires some skill and is not generally recommended for beginner growers. It can be grown outdoors but is most commonly grown indoors.


ACDC is a bushy plant that can grow to around 4 feet tall with large buds and leaves with a tinge of purple.

Humidity and Temperature

This strain is very fussy about the temperature and climate, so regulating indoor room temperature (around 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit) or time of year (harvesting around October) are important factors. For indoor growing, humidity should be less than 60% and ideally around 40%-50%.


The strain takes approximately 10-12 weeks to flower indoors or slightly longer if grown outside. Before harvesting, ACDC can reach about 4 feet with purplish leaves and large buds. The yield is medium.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the AC/DC strain get you high?

Due to the extremely low levels of THC found in the ACDC strain, it is highly unlikely that you will experience the classic stoned effects. Of course, there is variation across ACDC strains and user tolerance, but the high CBD level makes this strain typically used as medical marijuana. If you are looking for a high, this is not the strain for you. Typically, ACDC users feel uplifted, focused, and calm.

Is the AC/DC strain indica or sativa?

ACDC is a hybrid marijuana strain from indica and sativa heritage. It is generally considered a balanced strain with a 1:1 indica to sativa ratio, although some report that it is sativa dominant. Breeders are starting to move away from indica vs. sativa classifications and into cannabinoid profiles because they are more accurate in terms of effects. Due to the 20:1 CBD/THC ratio, this strain has many medical benefits without the psychoactive effect.

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  • Hybrid
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THC 6%-8%CBD 10%-18%

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THC 6.5%CBD 8%