ACDC is among the rare breeds of cannabis that gives users the high without any psychoactive effects. With this strain, there is none of the psychedelic experiences or narcotic-like stone. Where it excels is in its medical use. Hence, some people like to think of it as being a dietary supplement.
Although it has an almost non-existent THC, ACDC has received several accolades and recognition. In a world where most people think of cannabis with regards to potency, this one is the opposite. It comes with as much as 24% CBD making it an effective treatment for seizures and epilepsy.
ACDC traces its lineage to CannaTonic. From that strain, NorStar Genetics carefully selected one of its phenotypes. Then, they crossed it with a cannabis Ruderalis plant. In essence, what the breeder did was to create a better version of the original parent strain, one which has much lesser THC but higher CBD.
|ACDC Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||CannaTonic x Cannabis Ruderalis|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||50% / 50%|
|THC %||0.5% to 1.2%|
|CBD %||16% to 24%|
|Climate||Cool to warm climate|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Mid-October|
|Average Yield||60 to 120 g/m2 / 60 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
ACDC has a uniquely fresh earthy aroma with a bit of sweetness. Some smokers have described its scent as being reminiscent of OG Kush, though quite less robust.
Upon using the strain, a citrusy note accompanies a refreshing, earthy and pine flavors. A sweet and spicy aftertaste helps in making its smoke manageable as otherwise, it can be a tad bit rough.
Many experts seem to agree that ACDC is a perfect split. However, its effects suggest that it leans more towards its Sativa side. Such is not surprising as CannaTonic is exactly like that too. Even though it has at most 1.2% THC, the strain is still able to induce a gentle high that mostly affects the mood and behavior. In essence, recreational users who are in for an intense cerebral high will want to find another strain. However, people who like it mild and soothing will want to use this hybrid.
Soon after using it, users should find themselves feeling uplifted. A general sense of calm and happiness set into the body and the mind. Feeling relaxed and yet reinvigorated, most users report having a clear head and being able to focus more on their tasks.
As one can see, ACDC is an ideal strain for use during daytime. In fact, it can even enhance people relationships as its users also tend to feel more sociable.
Like other cannabis strains, ACDC has its adverse effects as well. One of the most common is dry mouth (or cotton mouth to some). Another reaction that one may experience is dry eyes. One way to minimize these effects is to stay hydrated. Another is not to consume too much.
On overindulging, know that ACDC is not as tame as it seems. It may not be potent based on its low THC, but it can still be tough on users. For instance, it is not uncommon for people to feel dizzy or have a headache with its use. In rare cases, it may also cause anxiousness.
Medical Use and Benefits
After establishing that the choice of using ACDC among recreational users is subjective in which it boils down to individual preferences, the strain is priceless as far as medical cannabis users are concerned.
Studies including the one made by Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University has shown the benefits of CBD to patients suffering from seizures and epilepsies. In fact, there are drugs made from cannabis CBD that has become one of the most popular treatments and control of the illnesses mentioned above. ACDC, with 16% to 24% CBD level certainly has more than enough to be useful to the patients.
Furthermore, many medical users also report the proficiency of ACDC in providing relief from pain. Hence, it can be beneficial for people who have cancer, multiple sclerosis, tumors or Parkinson’s disease.
Because users tend to feel uplifted and happy, with some possibly even elated, ACDC can also help with stress relief. Consequently, people with PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorder will find it easier to manage their emotion.
It seems that ACDC grows more like an Indica plant. First of all, it does not grow as tall as most Sativa plants which can be between 9 to 12 feet or taller. In fact, this plant reaches an average of 4 feet tall. Second, it tends to be a bushy plant. Finally, it does have a fast flowering time. Unfortunately, it is only clone-only. At any rate, it is best grown by people who already have past experiences and possess a rudimentary knowledge of cultivating plants.
Indoor, growers will have to work on the topping, trimming and pruning the plant. Not only is it to allow for more light to reach the harder to reach areas, but it is also to improve circulation of air. That way, they can reduce the growth of mold and other diseases. As it is, the plant can be susceptible.
Some training methods including HST (high-stress training) can certainly help boost its yield. As it is, the plant can only produce around 60 to 120 grams per square meter. Growers can trigger the flowering time as early as on the seventh week.
Outdoors, ACDC thrives in a warm climate or a moderately cold environment. As the temperature gets lower, though, it will need more time to mature. Around the mid part of October, it begins its transition. Once ready for harvest, growers can expect to pick some 60 grams of buds.
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