Cannabis Strain Guides: AC/DC Strain Review

Cannabis Strain Guides: AC/DC Strain Review

AC/DC, also known as the CBD Queen, is a phenotype of the popular high-CBD Cannatonic strain. Although most people associate the name with the Australian rock group or electrical current, AC/DC’s breeders explain the acronym as “Alternative Cannabinoid Dietary Cannabis.” One of the earliest high-CBD cannabis strains, AC/DC has earned several prestigious Cannabis Cup awards.

In a nutshell

  • Type: Balanced
  • Aroma: Skunk, Citrus, Woody
  • Flavor Profile: Earthy, Sweet, Spicy
  • Effects: Mood-Elevation, Physical Relaxation, Mental Focus
  • Common Uses: Depression, Pain, Epilepsy

Flavor Profile, Aroma, and Appearance of AC/DC Strain

AC/DC’s fluffy, lime-green buds explode with golden-orange pistils peaking through snow-white crystals. Overall, AC/DC has an earthy taste with strong overtones of sweet fruit and citrus. The strain’s rich terpene profile endows AC/DC buds with hints of black cherry, lemongrass, mandarin orange peel, and blueberry. AC/DC’s fragrance combines woody herbal notes with a classic skunk and citrus aroma.

Our expert technicians at Cannaflower™ slow-cure our artisanal flowers for a full 90 days and trim each bud by hand to give our customers the ultimate experience in freshness and flavor.

Terpenes and Cannabinoids in AC/DC Strain

A duo of citrus-oriented terpenes asserts its presence as soon as you take a whiff of AC/DC buds. Limonene gives the hybrid a refreshing scent reminiscent of lime, lemon, and grapefruit peels. Household cleaning supplies often include limonene for both its aroma and its potent ability to destroy microbes. Limonene promotes uplifting feelings and combats excessive inflammation.

The second citrusy terpene, valencene, gives the strain a pronounced mandarin orange scent when vaped. Researchers are studying valencene’s potential ability to ease allergies, reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from harmful UV rays. 

Two of the most common terpenes in cannabis plants, myrcene and beta-caryophyllene, define the body of AC/DC’s flavor. Myrcene is largely responsible for the strain’s earthy base and sweet berry overtones. The terpene imparts profound physical relaxation and makes a significant contribution to the pain-relieving qualities of many medical cannabis strains. Beta-caryophyllene has potent anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties and lends a hint of spice to AC/DC’s flavor profile.

Humulene terpenes combine with the strain’s citrus aromas to create AC/DC’s characteristic skunky fragrance. Humulene also occurs in high concentrations in hops and woody plants, such as bushes and trees. Studies have found that humulene helps to control appetite and may aid in shrinking tumors.

The final two terpenes only show up in trace amounts in AC/DC, but they add depth to the strain’s overall fragrance and therapeutic effects. Linalool is a calming terpene found in purple flowers, such as lavender and lilac. A common ingredient in massage oils and cosmetics, linalool may help to reduce anxiety and depression.

Terpinolene, the dominant terpene in the famous Jack Herer strain, amplifies AC/DC’s woody, herbal qualities with hints of patchouli and pine. Scientists are investigating terpinolene for its potential to strengthen the heart and inhibit tumor growth.

AC/DC strains typically range between 14-20% cannabidiol (CBD). While the original AC/DC strain contained from 1-6% delta-9 THC, Cannaflower™’s version registers well below .3%, easily placing the strain under the federal legal limit. AC/DC consumers will never have to worry about being thunderstruck by intense psychoactive effects.

AC/DC Effects

Despite the strain’s high-voltage CBD content, AC/DC’s balanced genetics won’t put you to sleep during the day nor keep you up at night. AC/DC facilitates a sense of joy and an enhanced ability to enjoy the little pleasures of life. This popular high-CBD hybrid imparts enhanced mental focus and a distinct social vibe that will leave you ready to rock and face the day’s challenges.

AC/DC remains a popular strain among the medical cannabis community where doctors often recommend it for ailments as diverse as muscle spasms, seizures, and PTSD.

Take AC/DC Home Today!

If you’re looking for some T.N.T. to blast through stress and tension, try out Cannaflower™’s low-THC, AC/DC strain.

Similar CBD Hemp Flower Strains

AC/DC resembles other balanced hybrids with potent therapeutic effects, earthy flavors, and complex skunky fragrances.

If you enjoy strains with herbal aromas, you may also want to try Cannaflower™’s White CBG and OG Kush flowers. While AC/DC was a pioneering strain for high CBD content, Cannaflower’s White CBG does the same for another cannabinoid, cannabigerol. White CBG combines earthy and lemongrass flavors with a pungent diesel aroma.

OG Kush is an indica-leaning hybrid that fosters deep relaxation and enlivens the senses with a diverse array of spicy flavors, such as cinnamon, sweetgrass, and laurel. Cannaflower™ features OG Kush along with Remedy and Cherry Wine in its Daytime Collection. The collection includes 3.5 grams of premium hemp flowers per strain. As the name suggests, Remedy is a potent therapeutic hybrid that’s perfect for decompressing in the evening. Remedy features a fresh, citrus aroma with hints of pine, anise seed, and juniper berry. Like AC/DC, Cherry Wine is a balanced strain with a sweet and spicy flavor that makes a tasty treat for any occasion.

For those who want a more convenient way to enjoy uplifting therapeutic effects similar to AC/DC, Cannaflower™ offers our Joy Pre-Rolls. Each decorative tin contains five expertly-rolled joints containing one gram of pure, ultra-premium CBD flower with no shake or filler. 

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George Mouratidis works as a full-time copywriter and journalist. He is the founder of, a bespoke content writing agency for the cannabis industry. George is a regular editor for many industry publications, as well as corporate blogs. He is also the co-writer of the book Ganja Hustle; a hit cannabis growing guide for the USA and Canada markets. When he is not writing, George likes to work out, trying new foods and playing with his cat. Currently, he lives in Greece.