Flavonoids, what are they?

The scientific community is continually discovering new possible effects, uses and interactions of the compounds we can find in the Cannabis sativa L. plant.

The hemp is a very complex plant, which means that some of its naturally occurring elements are not fully understood yet. One of these compounds are the flavonoids.

 

What are flavonoids?

 

Flavonoids are a group of naturally occurring chemicals that give cannabis and other plants their colour. Their main role is protecting against diseases, UV light and attract pollinators.

They also have a great influence in the scent and taste of plants and vegetables.

Think of blueberries, plums, apples, cherries, oranges, strawberries, grapes, pears, prunes, onions, spinach, parsley. … But also think, dark chocolate, green tea, nuts, red wine, soy, and of course cannabis and its strains like hemp. 

All these plants, fruits and vegetables above carry large amounts of flavonoids. As a rule of thumb, the more colorful is the fruit/plant/vegetable the more flavonoids it contains.

 

Our bodies and flavonoids

 

Flavonoids could do many good things for you and your wellbeing.

They can help our bodies to work more efficiently and be more resilient against the challenges associated with some modern lifestyle routines.

Flavonoids act as chemical messengers and physiological regulators.

Apart from their benefits on its own, the main question for us is….what happens when we combine flavonoids, phytocannabinoids and terpenes together? This mix can lead to a synergic interaction known as the Entourage effect
 

We respect nature and its natural processes and synergies; VoN uses science to harness its power rather than radically alter its compounds. Our CBD oils offer a combination of all these elements.

 
 

 

Hemp and flavonoids

 
Most people know better cannabinoids and terpenes; However, flavonoids account for around 10% of the compounds found in hemp. It means that flavonoids are more abundant than these other, more famous molecules.

Researchers have identified around 20 different flavonoids in the cannabis plant so far. Most of them fall into the flavonol and flavanone groups.

Cannabis also contains a unique group of flavonoids known as cannaflavins. These are creatively named as cannaflavin A, cannaflavin B, and so on.

Just to name a few:

  • Cannaflavin-A, -B, & C
  • Quercetin
  • Isovitexin
  • Apigenin
  • Beta-Sitosterol
  • Luteolin
  • Orientin
  • Catechins
  • Vitexin

Unlike terpenes and cannabinoids, which are mainly found in the trichomes glands, flavonoids are present in other parts of the plant.

Like most compounds in cannabis, flavonoids are non-psychogenic (don’t get you intoxicated).

 

 

Conclusion

 

Still a lot to understand, but all research done to now gives us evidence of the flavonoids’ possible role in effective body functioning and contribution to the entourage effect.

This effect implies that flavonoids, alongside terpenes enhance or alter the effects of CBD in our body. Their specific role is difficult to discern by its nature, but flavonoids function seems to be part of a whole rather than individual actors. 

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