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Cannabis Flavonoids: An Overview

Updated: May 13, 2023

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Cannabis Flavonoids: An Overview

Welcome to Cannabis Conclusions, a unique educational series from Higher Learning LV that is targeted at hemp and cannabis industry professionals. This series provides readers with the conclusion and abstract sections from important modern peer-reviewed research studies. In Cannabis Flavonoids: An Overview, students gain a basic understanding of one of the Four Pillars of Cannabis Science: Flavonoids.

Beautiful yellow flower in Los Angeles, California
Beautiful yellow flower in Los Angeles, California

A 2016 study entitled "Flavonoids: An Overview" that was published in the Journal of Nutritional Science explored the medicinal efficacy of flavonoids. Although this study was not focused on the particular flavonoids produced by cannabis and hemp, it does lend valuable insight into the characteristics of this class of phytomolecules.


Despite their name, flavonoids do not lend flavor to the plants like hemp and cannabis that produce them. Rather, the Latin root of the word, flavus, literally interpreted means yellow and is commonly loosely interpreted to mean pigment.


"Despite their name, flavonoids do not lend flavor to plants; the Latin root of the word, flavus, literally interpreted means yellow and is loosely defined as pigment."

Functionally, the colorful display of flavonoids provides UV radiation protection and attract insect and human pollinators that help ensure the propagation of the species. Flavonoids have been described as the red-headed stepchild of phytomolecules produced by hemp and cannabis.

Flavonoid medicinal efficacy and industrial applications
Flavonoid medicinal efficacy and industrial applications

Cannabis Flavonoids: An Overview Abstract

Cannabis Flavonoids: An Overview Abstract. "Flavonoids, a group of natural substances with variable phenolic structures, are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea, and wine. These natural products are well known for their beneficial effects on health and efforts are being made to isolate the ingredients so called flavonoids.


"Flavonoids are now considered as an indispensable component in a variety of nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, medicinal, and cosmetic applications."

"Flavonoids are now considered as an indispensable component in a variety of nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, medicinal, and cosmetic applications. This is attributed to their anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties coupled with their capacity to modulate key cellular enzyme function. Research on flavonoids received an added impulse with the discovery of the low cardiovascular mortality rate and also prevention of CHD.

Flavonoid medicinal efficacy and industrial applications
A beautiful purple Dahlia in Los Angeles, California

"Information on the working mechanisms of flavonoids is still not understood properly. However, it has widely been known for centuries that derivatives of plant origin possess a broad spectrum of biological activity. Current trends of research and development activities on flavonoids relate to isolation, identification, characterisation, and functions of flavonoids and finally their applications on health benefits.


"Information on the working mechanisms of flavonoids is still not understood properly."

"Molecular docking and knowledge of bioinformatics are also being used to predict potential applications and manufacturing by industry. In the present review, attempts have been made to discuss the current trends of research and development on flavonoids, working mechanisms of flavonoids, flavonoid functions and applications, prediction of flavonoids as potential drugs in preventing chronic diseases, and future research directions."

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