ACDC is the sativa-dominant phenotype of the CBD-heavy Cannatonic, a strain with minimal psychoactive qualities. Although the strain has a 1:20 ratio of THC:CBD, its effects are surprisingly not followed by intense couch-lock. However, it is a difficult plant to grow, as it requires constant attention.
Heritage & Genetics: A cross between Cannatonic and an unknown ruderalis, ACDC was among the first strains that proved cannabis does not always have to be about getting high. While there are only minimal psychoactive effects, the sativa edge will prevent you from slumping into a total spell of sedation.
Flavor & Aroma: Although the lack of THC might make you think otherwise, ACDC is a classic cannabis strain in terms of smell. The beautiful puffy buds have that trademark earthy smell, while you will also notice subtle hints of citrus and cherry. Since this is primarily a medicinal strain, it is a great idea to try alternative ways of consumption, such as vaping.
Effect: The effects of ACDC are completely non-psychoactive, owing to the high CBD content. However, due to the sativa edge, you will not experience total sedation. At most, ACDC will make you feel more focused, relaxed and sociable. That makes it an ideal daytime strain, safe for use ahead of long productivity sessions.
Medical: CBD strains, particularly with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio, are thought to have a broad range of medicinal uses including helping with pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and seizures associated with some forms of epilepsy. Strains with a balanced cannabinoid content have also been indicated to have calming effects that could help with nausea, gastrointestinal disorder, fibromyalgia, and muscle spasms. While not definitive, some research has also suggested that strains with a balanced THC and CBD ratio may help improve the restlessness, hyperactivity and inattentiveness associated with ADD/ADHD.
Grow characteristics: ACDC requires quite a bit of attention to grow, as it is not very resilient on its own. More experienced growers will notice early on that the main kolas and branches will need external support to stand upright. Also, the plant is not genetically resistant to pests and diseases, making infestations potentially catastrophic if not handled quickly. You can grow this plant both indoors and outdoors. However, a controlled environment is better. The buds are tight and colorful, with beautiful pistils putting orange and brown twists on their light green color.