Cannabis flavonoids produce a range of effects, similar to cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and terpenes like myrcene and limonene. When combined with each other and additional cannabis phytonutrients, they play an important role in both marijuana’s cultivation and consumption.
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Health Properties of Flavonoids
When you are admiring the rich red in roses or deep blue in blueberries, thank flavonoids – a group of phytonutrients most known for injecting bright, non-green color pigments to plants, including cannabis.
Those same flavonoids contribute many factors to marijuana buds, including color, taste, smell, entourage effect, and overall sensory experience during consumption of the plant. Flavonoids have earned a reputation among members of the wellness community for providing a range of health benefits to humans.
The “entourage effect” is a model for explaining why some cannabis strains produce different psychoactive or medicinal effects. CB receptors don’t bind only to THC; rather, they adhere to all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are ingested, whether by smoking or eating cannabis. The different ratios of these plant-based compounds trigger different kinds of chemical reactions in the nervous system, which may explain the reason why some cannabis strains provide an uplifting effect and why some strains are more effective for controlling chronic pain.
Due to federal prohibition, flavonoids in the cannabis plant have been largely understudied. However, flavonoids are one of the largest nutrient families known to scientists. More than 6,000 different flavonoids have been catalogued in research studies. Many of these flavonoids are found in the plants we eat and cook regularly, like vegetables, fruits, and herbs. With more researchers like Modern Canna studying cannabis every day, new findings reveal the cannabis plant can also be a flavonoid-rich source, earning it a spot right up there with sweet potatoes or kale.
Here’s food for thought: “catechins,” a flavonoid found in green tea and cacao (chocolate), are known to provide antioxidant and cardiovascular health benefits, including improving cholesterol levels. Another flavonoid called “quercetin,” present in many fruits and vegetables, as well as cannabis, is known for possessing significant antioxidant/antiviral properties. Some flavonoid types are easy to associate with its source; for example, “tangeretin” is found in tangerines and citrus fruit. Others, such as kaempferol, luteolin, and quercetin, are naturally present in a variety of plants, but flavonoids that are only found in the cannabis plant are now classified as “cannaflavins.”
Flavonoid Research and Testing
Researchers are actively trying to distinguish cannaflavins, or marijuana flavonoids, from more common flavonoids. Case in point: it was recently discovered that cannabis flavonoid “cannaflavin-A” inhibits “PGE-2,” a prostaglandin responsible for inflammation and known for responding well to nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like common aspirin. The study yielded that cannaflavin-A reduces swelling and is much more effective than aspirin.
Cannflavin-B and cannflavin-C are subjects of ongoing studies as well, while scientists are still learning how more common flavonoids in cannabis like β-sitosterol, vitexin, isovitexin, apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, luteolin, and orientin work together with, or resist, cannabis cannabinoids and terpenes.
Many flavonoids have high antioxidant properties that encourage the body’s detoxing of harmful molecules. For this reason, flavonoid consumption is often—although not always—linked with a decreased cancer risk, most notably lung and breast cancer. Again, more flavonoid testing is needed on to determine their role in preventing these diseases.
While the jury is still out on the overall health benefits of flavonoids in cannabis, this much we know for sure: in addition to their contribution to cannabis plant growth and our sensory experience, there are numerous advantages to be gained from their consumption.
Marijuana Flavonoid Testing Lab
Centrally located in Lakeland, Florida, Modern Canna is capable of performing a wide range of analytical testing, including the analysis of cannabis flavonoid profiles. Laboratory technicians can also be dispatched to marijuana growing or processing facilities to ensure that standard operating procedures, records, and samples are all in compliance with Florida statutes and Department of Health regulations. For reliable, state-of-the-art marijuana flavonoid testing, send us a message here.
More on Flavonoids:
- CBD School, “What are Flavonoids?”
- LiveStrong.org, “What are the Health Benefits of Flavonoids?” https://www.livestrong.com/article/73159-list-foods-flavonoids/
- Cannabis Industry Institute, “Flavonoids Add Entourage Effect,” http://www.cannabisindustryinstitute.com/news/flavonoids-add-entourage-effect/