Flavonoids are a group of natural substances that are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea, wine and hemp. They are known for their beneficial effects to our health by functioning as an anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti carcinogenic properties.
Flavonoids are responsible for providing flowering hemp plants with their unique characteristics, such as deep purple color profiles. Purple strains are known to contain flavonoids such as anthoxanthins or anthocyanins. Another flavonoid found in hemp plants is cannflavin A, which one study found to have thirty times the anti-inflammatory effect as aspirin.
Unfortunately, flavonoids have been vastly understudied, which makes it difficult to make any health claims about them. What we do know is that flavonoids contribute to the “entourage effect”, which is why different hemp strains can have varying effects on our body.