Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Flavonoids

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Cannabis is well known for its cannabinoids and terpenes, but did you know that marijuana is also a flavonoid-rich resource? There are over 6,000 uniquely identifiable flavonoids, making it one of the larger nutrient families known to scientists. While little is known about them in relation to cannabis because of cannabis' schedule II status, flavonoids are well-studied nutrients in other plants, specifically the ones that we eat. Flavonoids work with each other and with other phytonutrients in order to produce a range of effects, including health benefits.

One group of flavonoids called the "catechins" acts as an antioxidant and provides benefits for cardiovascular health and cholesterol in humans. Another flavonoid called "quercetin," which is also present in cannabis, provides antioxidant and antiviral benefits. Some of these common flavonoids present in cannabis can work in conjunction with, or resistance to, certain terpenes and cannabinoids. Flavonoids that that are unique to the cannabis plant are now called "cannaflavins." One recently discovered cannaflavin, Cannaflavin-A, inhibits the prostaglandin that produces inflammation and responds well to NSAIDS like aspirin. The new study found this cannaflavin reduces inflammation and is significantly more powerful than aspirin. 

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