In a recent blog, we looked at one of the key components of CBD oil other than cannabinoids – terpenes. Another important component of CBD oil and other CBD products is flavonoids. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all three of these components, which combine together to produce the entourage effect. Let’s take a look at what flavonoids are and what role they play in your CBD oil.
What are flavonoids?
While we discussed that terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that give plants their aroma, flavonoids are responsible for producing pigmentation in plants, aka their color. The color of a plant and its flowers is important because it helps to attract pollinators, helping the plant species to grow and spread further. Flavonoids also help to protect the plant from pests and disease, and filter out UV rays.
So, when you see the leaves on trees changing color in the fall or a piece of fruit changing color as it ripens, that’s flavonoids at work. There are thousands of different types of flavonoids, and the cannabis plant itself contains around 20 types of flavonoids. Some of these types seem to be exclusive to the cannabis plant and have been labelled as cannaflavins
The role of flavonoids in CBD oil
As already mentioned, when flavonoids are included in CBD oil, they contribute to the entourage effect, helping to enhance the properties and benefits of CBD. Although it’s not yet fully understood how flavonoids interact with the human body, they are thought to have many benefits of their own.
Flavonoids are thought to be powerful antioxidants, which can have lots of benefits for your body by fighting the free radicals that cause harm to your skin, organs, and other parts of your body. Flavonoids can also have anti-inflammatory effects, as well as anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Overall, they can potentially help to manage or even fight off things like chronic pain and other types of chronic disease.
More research needs to be done into the effects of flavonoids, but this naturally occurring compound is even being considered for its potential ability to kill cancer cells in some parts of the body.
Here are some common types of flavonoids that you might find in your CBD oil:
- Cannaflavin A
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