Flavonoids in Cannabis


The word flavonoid comes from the Latin word ‘flavus’ which means yellow. Flavonoids are a diverse family of phytonutrients that along with other compounds are responsible for the vibrant colors we associate with fruits and vegetables. They are the most abundant compounds in nature; there are over 6000 types of these. 

They play a major role in the entourage effect, along with cannabinoids and terpenoids. 


There are six subgroups of flavonoids: 

  1. Flavones
  2. Flavanols
  3. Flavan-3-ols
  4. Flavanones
  5. Isoflavones
  6. Anthocyanidins

These six categories further break into all the 6000 flavonoids known to man. The first three, however, cover the flavonoids found in cannabis strains.

The ones that are found in cannabis are called cannaflavans. The three significant cannaflavans that have been identified are cannaflavans A, B, and C, which represent their anti-accident, antibacterial and anticancer properties. Since 1985, which was when research on cannabis became rampant, we have discovered about 20 cannaflans. They include Quercetin, Kaempferol, Apigenin amongst others 


Here are some fun facts about flavonoids 

  1. In cannabis, flavonoids contribute anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-cancer effects.
  2. The anti-inflammatory function of flavonoids when derived is thirty times stronger than aspirin 
  3. Flavonoids attract bees which pollinate flowers. So, they’re an important component for cannabis growers. 

There’s even less information out there about this currently than there is of terpenes. We need a lot more research to determine the magnitude of the effect that this exerts on every cannabis experience. 

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If this blog interests you, check out some of our other releases. Learn about primary terpenes and how that affects flavor and your high. We also have different strain reviews Errlking and Society C reviews from this Years High Times Cannabis Cup.


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