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Scientists are learning more about the benefits of the flavonoids and terpenes in cannabis

Imagine if you could take a pill that has anti-inflammatory properties 30 times stronger than aspirin, but it doesn’t have the side effects associated with conventional anti-inflammatory drugs! That may soon be possible due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of certain flavonoids in cannabis, which could be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Scientists have known that these compounds have highly effective inflammation-fighting properties for more than four decades, but it has been impossible for them to thoroughly study the flavonoids in cannabis due to legal obstacles. However, that has changed recently as a result of Canada’s legalization of marijuana, which has led to the latest research that discovered the full extent of the anti-inflammatory properties of flavonoids in marijuana.

Scientists have known about terpenes in marijuana for many years, but scientists are still learning more about how these compounds affect the body. Terpenes are known to have a strong influence on the differences in effects between different marijuana strains, and some of them are even known to be psychoactive in their own right.

Does the presence of flavonoids in marijuana mean it has anti-inflammatory properties 30 times more powerful than aspirin?

The new findings don’t indicate that cannabis itself has anti-inflammatory properties that are stronger than aspirin, and that’s because cannabis does not contain large amounts of these compounds.

How would scientists harness the power of anti-inflammatory flavonoids in cannabis?

Researchers have isolated the genes that are responsible for creating these compounds, which could allow them to genetically engineer plants that would produce exceptionally large amounts of these flavonoids.

Do flavonoids play a role in the psychoactive effects of marijuana?

Scientists believe that the compounds do play a role in the psychoactive effects of marijuana, which is due to a combination of being psychoactive on their own and how they interact with THC.

Will more research on cannabis flavonoids be done in the future?

While more research will certainly be done, getting funding for cannabis research in the US is challenging due to the federal ban on marijuana, which often prevents major companies from donating funds to organizations that conduct marijuana research.

Are anti-inflammatory flavonoids found in plants other than marijuana?

While other plants do contain flavonoids in significant amounts, they do not contain the ones that were recently studied. Cannaflavins are unique to the cannabis plant, and two of these compounds (cannaflavin A and cannaflavin B) have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties 30 times stronger than aspirin.

How do the anti-inflammatory flavonoids in cannabis work?

Their effects are actually similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and that means that they inhibit PGE-2, which is a prostaglandin that plays a strong role in the inflammatory response.

Are cannaflavin A and B the only anti-inflammatory compounds in cannabis?

Actually, THC and CBD are known to have anti-inflammatory properties themselves, which means that cannaflavins could have a synergistic effect when combined with these compounds.

Do flavonoids have benefits other than reducing inflammation?

Not only do they have effects on the body other than reducing inflammation, but they have numerous benefits for your health and wellbeing! In addition, some flavonoids have powerful antioxidant properties, which can even reduce your risk of cancer by fighting free radical damage! Furthermore, scientists are learning that some flavonoids even have antimicrobial properties and can affect the body by inhibiting enzymatic processes.

Flavonoids may even be capable of fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which affects more than two million people in the US every year and lead to around 23,000 deaths.

This potential property of the compounds is likely to be extensively studied in the future due to the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections, which could lead to marijuana news in the near future about effective treatments for these microbes being discovered.

What do the terpenes in cannabis do?

There are more than 100 different types of terpenes in cannabis, and the effects of some of them are still largely unknown, which means there may be marijuana news about them in the future. While some terpenes have psychoactive effects in their own right, many terpenes have an influence on how much THC gets through the blood-brain barrier at a given time, which can cause some strains to produce a mellower high.

It’s estimated that 30% of cannabis smoke is made up of terpenes, which plays a major role in the smell and taste of marijuana smoke and vapor. However, different terpenes vaporize at different temperatures. Not only can terpenes be consumed via inhalation, but they also are absorbed when marijuana edibles are consumed.

The most prominent terpene in cannabis is myrcene, which is present in concentrations of more than 0.5% in some strains of cannabis. This compound has sedative effects and acts as a muscle relaxant. Not only that, but this compound increases the permeability of cell membranes to allow more cannabinoids to enter.

However, myrcene is not the only important terpene.

A terpene called terpineol is thought to have strong effects that promote physical relaxation. Some scientists even believe that this may be responsible for the “couchlock” effects of marijuana.

Another terpene called limonene acts directly on cannabinoid receptors, and it can boost your mood in addition to having anti-microbial and anti-cancer effects. In addition, limonene can fight acid reflux! However, these are not the only terpenes that have a psychoactive effect on their own. Borneol has significant effects on mood, and it tends to have anti-anxiety and sleep-inducing effects.

Pinene is present in certain strains and has a pine-like scent, and this terpene is thought to counter-balance some of the effects of THC, such as by improving mental focus. It’s thought to have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Another anti-inflammatory terpene in cannabis called caryophyllene is thought to reduce anxiety, and this compound has been shown to interact directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

A terpene called pulegone is thought to improve communication between nerve cells. That’s because this compound makes it easier for the body to break down acetylcholine. Camphene is another powerful terpene, and some of the latest marijuana news indicates that it may even be able to fight heart disease, which is estimated to be responsible for as many as 1 in 4 deaths.

You can receive a full dose of cannabis terpenes and flavonoids by taking CBD supplements!

If the CBD that you choose is a full-spectrum product, that means that it contains every compound in the cannabis plant other than THC. Most CBD supplements on the market are full-spectrum. Not only do full-spectrum CBD products contain flavonoids and terpenes, but they also contain all the major cannabinoids except for THC, such as CBN, CBC, and CBG.

Furthermore, some CBD supplements have terpenes added to them, which can be highly beneficial for people who suffer from certain medical conditions. The presence of added terpenes means that these products will contain a much higher concentration of them than is present in the cannabis plant naturally.

Summary

It’s not just cannabinoids that make cannabis the highly useful and beneficial plant that it is, and terpenes and flavonoids play a key role in marijuana’s medicinal benefits. Scientists are learning more and more about the benefits that these compounds have, and there’s likely to be more exciting marijuana news in the future about how flavonoids and terpenes in marijuana can improve your health and wellbeing!

References

https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html

https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/terpenes/#terpenes-in-cannabis

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/sns-tft-marijuana-based-painkillers-20190726-6hcou2ju7nacrcpnqfndyco7fe-story.html

List of Major Terpenes and Their Health Benefits (Chart)

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