Very often when people are discussing the bioactive compounds in the cannabis plant, Terpenes and Phytocannabinoids are usually the focus. But there are other interesting connections outside of the spectrum of these two. One spectrum that receives little attention is cannabis flavonoids, which make up 10% of the bioactive compounds in the cannabis plant.
In addition to the cannabis plant, flavonoids are also found in vegetables and fruits and are mainly responsible for the coloration of fruits when they are ripe. In addition to being an indicator of fruit ripening, flavonoids have numerous benefits for plants, some of which include protecting plants from damage.
However, one category of flavonoids is known as Cannaflavins is only found in the cannabis plant. Just like terpenes, every type of flavonoid in cannabis plays an essential role in the sensory perception of cannabis. But cannabis flavonoids have more to offer than our senses perceive. Flavonoids are among the least studied compounds inherent in the plant. Would you like to find out more about cannabis flavonoids? Continue reading :
Flavonoids give the cannabis plant its character
Cannabis enthusiasts are quick to associate the plant’s flavors and aromas with terpenes, but this is not the truth as flavonoids add to its character just like terpenes. It is the synergy between terpenes and flavonoids that together create the special properties of the cannabis plant.
As explained in this article, flavonoids are primarily responsible for the color of the cannabis plant, and this is due to their effect on a plant’s pigmentation. For example, the deep purple color that is characteristic of a strain of cannabis is due to the presence of a flavonoid known as Anthocyanins.
Flavonoids occur in all of nature
Flavonoids are found in vegetables, bark, grains, stems, wine, tea, and flowers. Scientists have discovered more than 6,000 types of flavonoids with functions that span so many spectra.
Flavonoids are not well studied
Insufficient research has been done to uncover the mysterious health benefits of cannabis flavonoids. This inadequacy of knowledge stems from the strict federal law that restricts large-scale research on the cannabis plant.
In order for a society to properly understand the potential of cannabis flavonoids, the US must lift restrictions that restrict research on cannabis plants.
Flavonoids contain pharmacologically active compounds
Research has shown that some flavonoids in cannabis plants are widely used in medicine. For example, studies have shown that Cannaflavin-A The flavonoid, which is unique to the cannabis plant, is a very powerful analgesic.
Cannabis flavonoids and what they do
Scientists have shown that many of the over 6,000 flavonoids present are in the cannabis plant. However, since the cannabis study has only recently started, the chances are good that more types of cannabis flavonoids will be discovered as the research gets more extensive.
Flavonoids that are unique to cannabis plants are cannflavin-A and cannflavin-B, while other cannabis flavonoids occur naturally in many plants. Cannflavin-A and cannflavin-B are some of the ingredients that make the cannabis plant medicinally useful as it works better than CBD or THC as an analgesic. Here are other cannabis flavonoids and their medicinal uses:
Orient: Research has shown that this flavonoid gives the cannabis plant its antidepressant, antiviral, analgesic, neuroprotective, cancer-fighting, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Kaempferol: Scientists say some evidence shows that kaempferol can help treat seven types of cancer, as well as prevent HIV from turning into AIDS.
Luteolin: There is evidence that this flavonoid may help protect blood and heart vessels.
Vitexin: It has medicinal properties similar to Orientin.