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What are flavonoids?

When it comes to cannabis, you might be familiar with dominant Cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Perhaps you're even aware of the benefits of terpenes and the effects they have not only on the aromas and taste of your favorite strains but also on your personal well-being. But tell us, what do you know about flavonoids?

In this guide, we will discuss:

  • What are flavonoids?
  • Where can one find flavonoids everywhere?
  • What is the entourage effect?

If your answer is "What are flavonoids", you're not alone. So let's delve deeper into this relatively unknown aspect of the entourage effect.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are natural substances known as secondary metabolites found in fruits, vegetables, cereals, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea, and wine. Like cannabinoids and terpenes, flavonoids are known for their health-promoting effects, and efforts are being made to isolate and further research them. Flavonoids work in harmony with terpenes to deliver the distinctive aromas and flavors of your favorite flowers, fruits, vegetables, and of course, grass.

Rooted in the Latin word flavus, meaning "blond" or "yellow", flavonoids are also responsible for the vivid colors found in many flowering plants... like cannabis.

Little is known about them yet, but we do know that there are at least 8,000 different types of flavonoids, six of which are main types found in common foods and plants. Flavanols are revered for their antioxidant properties and have even been shown to assist in treating cardiovascular complications. They are most commonly found in onions, kale, grapes (and wine), tea, berries, and tomatoes.

Even stranger is that the cannabis plant contains exclusive flavonoids that you won't find in the grocery store. In fact, cannabis plants contain several unique flavonoids - known as cannflavins - which, as far as we know, are found nowhere else in nature.

Some flavonoids found in foods and grass include quercetin (apples, green tea, red onions, Ginkgo Biloba), apigenin (basil, coriander, mint, parsley), and kaempferol (cucumber, ginger, green beans, spinach). Of course, there are others as well.

Frisian Dew

Frisian Dew

Dutch Passion
Gender Feminized
Variety 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Cultivation Outdoor
Flowering time 7,5 Weeks
Taste & Aroma Mildes Aroma
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Don Purple Dick

Don Avalanche Seeds
 
Gender Feminized
Crossing Columbian, Mexican and Thai Sativas x Afghani Indica
Variety Zum größten Teil Sativa 65%
Cultivation Outdoor, Indoor, Glasshouse
Flowering time7 - 9 Weeks
THC 20 %
Taste & Aroma Holzig, erdig, sauer
Impact Euphorisch, kreativ, entspannend

FLAVONOIDS & THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT

When consumed together with cannabinoids and terpenes, flavonoids flood the chemical receptors through the body's endocannabinoid system. Taken into the body in these natural proportions, these sacred components of the cannabis plant deliver the so-called entourage effect, which can not only make you feel more at ease but can also act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial agents, contributing to a positive quality of life.

Although it is speculative at this point, we believe that flavonoids are key to understanding why two samples with very similar levels and types of cannabinoid and terpene content can have very different effects on the same consumer. Again, these are only anecdotal experiences of some guys who have smoked a shit-ton of different variations of high-quality grass.

The truth is, the best ways to consume the highest amounts of these minimum metabolites are likely through properly prepared edibles or tinctures, as the high heat and combustion associated with burning could destroy flavonoids.

The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective benefits of flavonoids (and cannflavins) strongly echo the wellness benefits offered by the widely appreciated cannabinoids and terpenes. The latter two are often prominently displayed in brand marketing and on product packaging, while the barely perceptible but highly influential flavonoids receive little or no attention.

What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect is a theoretical principle suggesting that compounds produced in the trichomes, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more of the cannabis plant work together to create a full-body experience.