Cheef Botanicals

ACDC CBD Strain: A Perfectly Balanced Flower with High Potency

If you have ever struggled with any type of discomfort, you’ve probably tried different ways to remedy your ailments. You may have even considered giving cannabis a try, but THC’s intoxicating effects can often increase people’s stress. If you’re looking to avoid a “high” or intoxicating effect, ACDC CBD flower may be the strain for you!

ACDC is a CBD-dominant cannabis strain that is dominating the hemp flower market. ACDC has a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, meaning there’s an abundance of CBD and minimal THC. While the percentage of THC in ACDC varies, it’s almost always extremely low and non-intoxicating.

People cannot stop singing the praises of ACDC’s beneficial effects, and we aren’t talking about the band! Without worrying about getting high, consumers can puff on this uplifting and pacifying CBD strain to experience almost immediate relief from the ailments that plague them. Read on to learn how ACDC may be able to benefit you.


ACDC CBD Strain Lineage

ACDC is a well-balanced hybrid strain, ringing in at 50% Sativa and 50% Indica, though it can sometimes lean toward Sativa-dominant. This is a result of being bred from Cannatonic, ACDC’s parent strain, which is also a CBD-dominant 50/50 hybrid cannabis strain.

ACDC was bred from a phenotype of Cannatonic by Dr. William Courtney in Northern California. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics of a living being that result from its genetic and environmental history. Cannatonic caught Dr. Courtney’s eye even though its buds are traditionally smaller than other popular cannabis strains. It’s likely that after trying Cannatonic, Dr. Courtney knew he’d found something special and decided to bring it to the United States and breed it into an even more effective strain.

When we say more effective, we mean that ACDC has a higher CBD content and longer-lasting effects than its parent, Cannatonic. This is what makes ACDC such a popular medicinal versus recreational strain. High CBD and low THC levels deliver all the soothing benefits and none of the intoxication!

Related: Frostbite CBD Flower: Sativa Hybrid With Tons Of Flavor

round hemp buds stacked on table


ACDC CBD Strain Terpene Profile

Have you ever wondered what makes cannabis flower smell so enticing? Some strains are lemony-fresh, others pack a chai-like spicy kick, while some are reminiscent of a Christmas tree!

You can thank compounds called terpenes for those aromatic delights. You may even want to thank them for some of your favorite beneficial effects. Let’s take a look at the different terpenes in ACDC that make it such a potent, soothing, and pleasantly perfumed cbd strain.


Myrcene is the most common terpene found in modern cannabis. Also found in lemongrass and hops used for brewing beer, myrcene gives ACDC a lemony, slightly spicy aroma. This famous terpene is believed to deliver powerful calming effects to the mind and body that allow you fully relax.


Okay, so this terpene’s aroma is a bit obvious (bright lemon juice and orange zest), but its beneficial effects are relatively lesser-known. Limonene is believed to provide potent relief from worried, racing thoughts and quell nervousness. It may also have antimicrobial properties.


Also found in herbs such as oregano, black pepper, cloves, and basil, Caryophyllene brings a warm and slightly spicy aroma to ACDC flower. It’s also the only known terpene that acts like a cannabinoid. It engages the endocannabinoid system and promotes anti-inflammatory effects.


The Pinene terpene is known as “the most common terpene in the natural world.” Found in conifers, rosemary, parsley, and pine needles, Pinene brings a (you guessed it) piney-fresh aroma to ACDC flower. It’s also believed to have anti-inflammatory and mind-soothing properties.

frosty flower in plastic container

What Does CBD AC DC Taste Like?

The ACDC strain has a pleasant aroma, with notes of earthy sweetness followed by hints of juicy citrus. We promise you would have remembered this scent had you smelled it at the ACDC concert back in ’75. While this strain won’t necessarily turn you into a rock god, it will lessen the blow of the reality that your band hasn’t necessarily made it out of your garage. There is no need to worry about any psychoactive effects; slip into smooth relaxation as you practice your guitar riffs.

ACDC’s distinct flavor profile pairs well with its aroma. Its juicy citrus flavor complements the natural-sweet tang-like smell that wafts in the air and adds a delightful smell to whatever room you’re in.

 How Much CBD and THC are in ACDC Hemp Flower?

As we discussed, ACDC has a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1. The average percentage of CBD in most ACDC strains is 14% to 24%, and the THC percentage falls between 0.5 and 1.5%. This THC level is just enough to classify ACDC flower as marijuana rather than hemp — let’s explore why that is.

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, any cannabis plant containing 0.3% or less THC is classified as a hemp flower. Any cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% is classified as a marijuana flower. The bill denotes that hemp is federally legal, but marijuana’s legality is still a state-by-state decision.

Per federal law and ACDC’s typical THC levels, ACDC qualifies as a marijuana strain even though it doesn’t produce intoxicating effects. Though it’s a potently calming strain that does not cause intoxication, the federal and state governments have all the rights reserved on cannabis legality.

What does all of this mean? Unless you live in a state where marijuana is legal, you probably won’t be able to find ACDC. If you’re lucky, you may come across particular strains of ACDC that contain 0.3% or less THC and qualify as hemp, but that’s extremely rare.

ACDC CBD Flower Effects

Alright – now that you know ACDC doesn’t get you “high,” you’re probably wondering how it does make you feel. ACDC consumers overwhelmingly report that this CBD-rich marijuana strain is the only one they trust to deliver genuinely beneficial, calming effects without causing intoxication.

ACDC’s high CBD levels and rich terpene profile make it one of the most mind-soothing and physically relieving strains on the market today. From discomforts to irritations, ACDC provides all-around relief. There is no intoxicating high associated with inhaling ACDC! Though, the tranquil feeling of whole-body and mind relaxation can feel euphoric. People report that the sense of physical and mental relief they gain from ACDC flower is like coming up for fresh air. Or, a completely clear head and a rejuvenated body.

Classic THC-rich marijuana strains can often increase stress and uneasiness, turning them off cannabis altogether. If you’re in that “anti-cannabis because it makes me paranoid” boat, we strongly encourage you to give the non-intoxicating ACDC strain a try.

What Are the Best Ways to Use ACDC CBD?

ACDC can be used in all the same ways as your other favorite strains! Grind it and roll it up, pack it in a bowl, or vaporize it to enjoy the soothing and alleviating effects this green flower has to offer.

For Those About to Rock: A Disclaimer

Though it has a high CBD to THC ratio, we’d still like to remind you that ACDC strains often contain more than the legal limit of Delta 9 THC (ACDC has between 0.5 and 1.5%). The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires hemp products to contain 0.3% Delta 9 THC to be considered federally legal.

That being said, if you live in a state where recreational or medical marijuana is legal and find ACDC for sale near you, it’s very likely that it’s considered marijuana flower. Make sure you clarify the strain’s Delta 9 THC levels before purchasing if you prefer to stick with hemp flower.

Since we at Cheef Botanicals only sell hemp-derived CBD flower and products that contain 0.3% THC or less, we do not offer ACDC. We hope that the industry-leading hemp farmers we partner with can create a low-THC, high-CBD variant of ACDC so that we can offer it to you! Be sure to check back often to see if we start selling this delicious bud.

Joints & Pre Rolls

We know you know how to rock, but do you know how to roll, too? Joints and pre-rolls are super portable and make it easier for everyone to relax at an after-show kickback. Cheef Botanicals carries pre-rolls to help elevate your mood, so you only have to think about taking your greatest hits.

Prefer to roll up on your own? ACDC flower and similar strains make that possible too! Our high CBD strains pair perfectly with your favorite rolling papers, so a smooth joint is never too far out of reach.

Hot Tip: Having trouble making a perfect cone at home? Use a thin, tapered makeup or paintbrush to help you shape your cone before packing it with our ACDC strain.

woman in flannel holding big bud


We’re not talking about Brian Johnson’s vocals — you can use ACDC in your favorite pipes too! Though pipes come in many different materials, not all of them can handle high amounts of heat. We advise that you never smoke out of plastic or acrylic pipes (no matter how cool they look) or attempt to make pipes out of found materials at home. Not all materials are safe to smoke out of, so your best bet is buying a pipe from a well-known shop or other professional.

Most of our favorite pipes are made out of glass and ceramic, as they’re easy to clean and pretty to look at. If you’re really into metal, stainless steel, pure brass, and silver are also great materials for smoking out of since they’re all highly durable and handle heat well.

When shopping for a pipe, it will be worth your time to look into specific care instructions depending on what material your pipe is made of. Most glass and metal pipes can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol or other drinking alcohols (as long as they’re at least 140 proof), but be sure to ask for specific care and cleaning instructions when purchasing.


Vaporizers have risen in popularity over the past few years and work a lot differently than more traditional smoking methods. Simply put, they function by using a battery-operated heating chamber to vaporize your CBD hemp flower. Then, it’s as simple as pressing a button and inhaling!

Because vaping doesn’t involve burning the flower, it can be a little more gentle on your body than smoking is. Vaping can be a helpful practice for those looking to quit smoking altogether. Try adding your favorite CBD strains to a vaporizer to float through the mists of time and feel a soothing, therapeutic calm wash over you.


If you have extra time to spare, want to feel more intense relief, and still prefer to smoke, a CBD concentrate may be what you’re looking for! Wax, isolate, and distillate are all great options if you’re looking to step away from flower and mix it up, and they can all be used in pipes and rigs.

Call Your Doctor for Professional Medical Advice

Are you into ACDC’s high CBD content but are unsure if smoking it (or other strains) is right for you? Call your doctor today to help you decide if smoking CBD is the right method for you. If you’d rather consume your CBD in other ways, Cheef carries CBD oil and other products for you to jam out with! Visit our Shop section today to see all the CBD products we have in store.

Similar CBD Strains

If you live in a state where marijuana is illegal and can’t get your hands on ACDC, don’t worry! We’ve got some stellar recommendations of similar strains that produce comparable beneficial effects and aromas to the elusive rock-band named strain.

At Cheef Botanicals, we pride ourselves on sourcing 100% organic, non-GMO hemp flower from Colorado and Oregon. We send all of our flower for independent third-party lab testing that ensures the CBD and THC levels. All of the following CBD flower strains contain 0.3% or less THC, meaning they are federally legal throughout the United States. No matter where you live, we can send these potent and beneficial strains your way!

Special Sauce

The name may make you think of burgers! But, similar terpenes to ACDC’s actually give it a fresh pine and sweet berry aroma. Special Sauce CBD flower is an Indica-dominant hybrid (rather than Sativa) containing ≈ 17.85% CBD. It delivers powerfully relaxing effects that leave you feeling refreshed.

special sauce cheef hemp flower

Suzy Q

Herbal and peppery with 17.83% CBD, Suzy Q hemp strain is a perfectly balanced hybrid at 50% Sativa and 50% Indica. This strain is perfect for daytime use as it energizes your spirit while calming your mind. Suzy Q is beloved for its potent, uplifting benefits that affect the whole body

Sour Space Candy

If you’re looking for an out of this world CBD experience, Sour Space Candy cannabidiol flower is the strain for you. Sativa-dominant and stimulating, this tangy hemp strain delivers the flavors and aromas of your favorite sour hard candies. At 20.66% CBD, Sour Space Candy elevates the mind, body, and soul.

Is CBD Right For Me?

Whether high CBD strains are right for you depends on what you need relief for. Gradually experiment with the amount of CBD and the CBD to THC ratio. As we like to say, start low and go slow. This means you shouldn’t start with an extremely high CBD level if it’s your first time.

Additionally, it always helps to talk to a health professional about whether CBD is right for you. More serious issues like muscle spasms could benefit from medical marijuana. For example, a medical marijuana strain produces a full-bodied euphoria suitable for joint pain relief.

As a reminder, the federal Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated any of these claims. ACDC and other cannabis strains are not meant to treat any disease. If you’re looking for that ACDC taste with health benefits, consider hempseeds! ACDC seeds (and the hemp seeds of other strains, for that matter) have health benefits of their own. They have healthy fat, protein, and essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6).

What Are the Benefits of Smoking CBD Compared to Ingesting It?

The main benefit of smoking CBD is that you can feel the effects almost immediately. Unlike ingesting CBD oil, smoke does not pass through the metabolism process. Therefore you can receive most of the CBD you smoke. When you choose to take CBD in the form of an oil, tincture, or gummy, your intestines have to break it down and metabolize it. Once this process is complete, you receive the CBD left for your body to absorb.

Vaped or smoked CBD takes effect in 10 minutes or less because it goes straight to your bloodstream. By smoking, you’ll be able to absorb 34% to 56% of the CBD you consume. But enough of all this science stuff, smoking ACDC flower is something you simply have to experience for yourself. Even rolling your own joints and blunts is ritualistic and therapeutic.

By smoking, you get the full effect of the flavonoids and terpenes. CBD flower is aromatic and bursting with flavor, and in this case, bursting at the seams! The ACDC CBD strain is jam-packed with aroma and flavor. There’s so much taste that it’ll take you back to that ACDC concert right when they played Back in Black!

Final Thoughts – ACDC

It may seem strange, but research shows that listening to heavy metal or rock music can sometimes help relieve stress, anxiety, and aggression in certain people. Funnily enough, this research comes from Australia — the birth-place of the famous rock and roll band, ACDC.

We’re not saying there’s a connection, but…okay, maybe we are. ACDC hemp flower can promote relaxation, relieve racing thoughts, and calm that white-knuckle anger we all occasionally experience. If you’re not up for a head-banging heavy metal session, maybe try the soothing ACDC strain instead!