Essential Strains

ACDC, a Cannabis strain for every woman.

Episode 26

Show Notes

Why is high-CBD strain ACDC a stash essential?

The perfect cannabis strain for every woman.

A non-intoxicating strain, ACDC promotes feelings of contentment, improves your mood, reduces pain, and brings about a relaxed outlook. It works well for women that struggle with anxiety – with weed or not.

ACDC is one of How to Do the Pot’s essential strains, and we often recommend it as a starter strain for new consumers or those coming back after a long break. Because of its high CBD content and low THC ratio, this marijuana strain has no intoxicating effects and is a popular choice for medical patients. 

People report using the CBD-rich ACDC strain to help with the symptoms from a range of medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, sleep issues, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and PTSD. Some of the symptoms that the strain supports include chronic pain, seizures, insomnia and muscle spasms.  A recent study also highlights its medical benefits when treating anxiety and tremors in patients with Parkinsons disease.

The CBD-dominant ACDC strain is a hybrid made of a phenotype of the Cannatonic strain. It is a high-CBD strain that is helpful for anxiety and pain relief. When you open a jar, you’ll see a bud is tight but fluffy, and the color is usually green, sometimes with orange hairs. 

Smell your weed! As the saying goes, “the nose knows”, so if you like the smell the effects will often be a good match for your body chemistry. The aroma of ACDC is earthy, sweet, and skunky with a hint of fruit. The cherry and lemongrass scents are better detected when smoking the buds. The plant’s aroma is often described as a mix of cherry, diesel, gas, and mandarin peel. If the state where you live lists its terpene profile on the packaging, it will likely include myrcene, limonene, and beta-pinene.

ACDC is a great daytime strain for those who want to stay clear-headed while enjoying some mind-soothing effects with a good dose of relaxation.

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April Pride: This podcast discusses cannabis and is intended for audiences 21 and over. Be hydrated and have water on hand. When you smoke also sip. Start with one hit and quit, until you’re sure you’re feeling how you want to feel.

Flower smoked from a bowl, pipe, bong, or pre-roll will hit you harder and longer than a hit from a vaporizer. Remember this: Inhale fewer from flower, plenty from the pen.

April Pride: Welcome to the very first episode of Saturday Strains. I’m your host, April Pride, and I’ll be your guide each Saturday as we move through the 12 essential cannabis strains every woman should have in her stash. If you haven’t already, please listen to the three short Saturday Strains Explained episodes to learn more about how cannabis is a lot like another substance we can count on to change our outlook…wine.

April Pride: In each episode, you can expect more weed hacks like the ones you just heard and remember, we’ll guide you from less intoxicating strains that are nearly all CBD, to strains with increasingly higher THC levels. The best comparison I can make… These strains will range from herbal tea to weak Folgers grocery store coffee, to “insert independent coffee brand name here” that like 20th-century weed, has been cultivated to have more potent effects.

Patrice Harris: The way we’ve thought about crises and disasters is they would be time-limited and this particular public health crisis has been unrelenting.

April Pride: Unrelenting. Is that how your battle with low level anxiety, or as Michelle Obama confessed, low-level depression has felt since COVID befell our day to day? Maybe not you, but perhaps someone you know?

Either way, no doubt CBD has been suggested as a way to soothe your stress, perhaps… sans pills? Never fear! The strain of the day is here: ACDC. Like the band, except exactly opposite, I like to think of it as a glass of champagne.

An invitation to be present, a non-commitment, and even acceptable in the morning. And while this may not be the time to employ ACDC as a social lubricant, it doesn’t mean she- and yes, I’ll refer to strains this she because the cannabis flower we consume, blooms from a female plant called “The Mother”.

So, should she stay stashed during the pandemic? Absolutely not! Let’s count down the five reasons why ACDC is perfect for everyday, in every way, and for every woman.

April Pride: Number one, what does it help with? Stress, anxiety, pain, and to simply relax. Number two, how high will I get? ACDC is non intoxicating.

It’s a 20 to 1 CBD strain. This means there is 20 times more CBD than THC, so you will not feel intoxicated. In fact, I trust this strain so much that I recommend it to women who are prone to anxiety, while high or not.

Number three, how will it make me feel? Like I mentioned, similar to a glass of champagne, ACDC takes the edge off. So try to remember when you were handed a glass of champagne as you walked into a party, it might be hard to conjure that memory. Once you’re down half a glass, your shoulders drop.

By the bottom, and no matter the conversation, a smile comes to your face with more ease. This strain comes on the same way.

After consuming, an overall feeling of contentment settles in, and because it’s not intoxicating your improved mood, reduced pain and relaxed outlook, kind of sneaks up on you- in the best possible way!

April Pride: Number four, why do women love it? Let’s see. When is the tipping point in your day? If you’re at home with a newborn, it’s probably the witching hour, right? 4:00 to 6:00 PM.?

Or if you’re working from home with a toddler, like this shows co-creator, Ellen, and you’re on your own before a babysitter arrives at noon, your tipping point may come with your cup of coffee! Or is it after the fourth zoom call, with no break, to actually do the work?

It not only looks different for each of us, it also looks different depending on the day and the stress that it brings. Women love ACDC, because it never proves to be a bad idea. In fact, this strain is so beloved, it’s a dispensary staple. You’ll have no trouble finding it.

Number five, what will it inspire? Like I mentioned, the low amount of THC coupled with high CBD means this strain is a go-to no matter your experience with weed.

April Pride: So feel confident turning to ACDC for everything from pain relief, including migraines and periods, to relief from stress and anxiety, and to relax your body, to relax your mind, so now you’re pleasantly motivated with a clear head to tackle any project or simply Netflix and chill.

This is also the ideal strain to share with a mixed group of friends who have zero to infinite experience with weed. Speaking of anxiety, we touched on this topic before, but it’s worth revisiting because women suffer more from anxiety than men do. Listen to “How to Do the Pot” episode 18, Which cannabis helps with anxiety?

And some parting words, please reserve judgment if a strain we recommend doesn’t work for you. You haven’t failed and neither have we. In fact, having got it wrong, you’re one step closer to your right high. You didn’t quit drinking when a Long Island iced tea as your first bar drink turned out to be… A wrong move, right?

Send us a DM to “@dothepot” or to me directly at @aprilpride, and let us know how this strain worked for you!

April Pride: Thank you for listening to Saturday Strains. Check us out online at and a very special thanks to my close friend, Jessica Norton, shout out Spa Noir in Seattle, who introduced me to ACDC years ago.

We’d also like to thank Jeffrey Raber, PhD, and Colin Montgomery of The Workshop. As well as Nick Jikomes, PhD, of Leafly, for schooling us on strains. Thanks to my co-founder Ellen Scanlon, Madi Fair, our marketing manager and our producer, Nick Patri. I’m April Pride, and we’ll be back soon with more of How to Do the Pot.



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