Updated: Oct 19, 2020
This is part three of the "entourage effect" 3 part blog. If you missed the first ones, go back and check them out!
Last blog we went over terpenes, in the final blog of our educational series we'll look at flavonoids. What are flavonoids? Last week we learned that terpenes back link to terp blog are largely responsible for the smell that attracts pollinators and detours herbivores. Flavonoids provide color pigmentation to the plants which also attract pollinators. Many plants, including fruits and veggies, owe their bright colors to flavonoids. These flavonoids are partially responsible for protecting the plants against harmful UV rays, pests and diseases.
Flavonoids are becoming very popular antioxidants. Their ability to round up free radicals is putting them in the spotlight for their benefits as neuroprotectants and in the prevention of heart disease and asthma. The group of flavonoids that are found in the cannabis plant are called cannaflavins. Among these cannaflavins are: quercetin, cannaflavin A, cannaflavin B and C, orientin, silymarin, and kaempferol. These flavonoids not only work synergistically within the cannabis plant, making the other active compounds found in the plant bioavailable, but also have therapeutic benefits themselves.
-In Conclusion - Knowing the benefits of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids,back link all these but also knowing that they work synergistically, it is easy to see why the term “entourage effect” was coined. It is not one part of the cannabis plant that makes it so incredible, it is the sum of all the parts. There are hundreds of active ingredients in the plant! This is why we are big believers in full spectrum products. “There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can't improve on nature.” -Thomas Edison Until next time, Stay healthy, my friends!