The main three components of cannabis plants which 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?
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.
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.
Quercetin, Apigenin, and Cannaflavin A are three flavonoids found in cannabis. Cannaflavin A is uniquely found in cannabis and is a strong anti-inflammatory.
Quercetin is also found in green tea, red wine, and berries. Quercetin acts as an anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-cancer agent.
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 this is a hard thing to test for or just not a common test to run. Cannabinoid content and terpene content are common tests in cannabis labs. 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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~ CBD Professor