What are Flavonoids in Cannabis?

What Are Flavonoids?

The main three components of cannabis plants which are thought to provide you with the benefits of the entourage effect are phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

We have previously covered the entourage effect. If you are confused about what terpenes are, you can read about terpenes here.

So what are flavonoids in cannabis and why are they important?

Different Compounds in Cannabis

Flavonoids are compounds in plants which give plants their pigmentation (color), filter out UV rays, attract pollinators, and prevent plant diseases. 

There are about 20 flavonoids in cannabis.

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Flavonoids are important because they have shown to have beneficial effects such as: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-allergic activity.

3 Popular Flavonoids

Quercetin, Apigenin, and Cannaflavin A are three flavonoids found in cannabis.

  1. Cannaflavin A is uniquely found in cannabis and is a strong anti-inflammatory.
  2. Quercetin is also found in green tea, red wine, and berries. Quercetin acts as an anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-cancer agent.
  3. Apigenin is also found in parsley, celery, and chamomile tea. Apigenin has anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties.

I have yet to see a lab analysis of CBD hemp oil which covers the flavonoid concentrations. I don’t know if they are difficult to test for or just not a common test to run.

Cannabinoid content and terpene content are common test points in cannabis lab reports. I will be on the look out for flavonoid testing for CBD hemp oil and report back if I find it.

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