Flavonoids are a group of naturally produced substances with phenolic structures. They are mostly found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea, and wine. These compounds are known for their significant potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits.

What are flavonoids?


Flavonoids are produced naturally by a massive range of plants, including the cannabis sativa L. genus. They heavily contribute to the plant's colour, flavour, and overall sensory experience. In a medical cannabis setting, flavonoids are theorised to work alongside cannabinoids and terpenes to potentially enhance therapeutic effects. This is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.


Can prescribing specialists recommend cannabis strains based on flavonoid content?


Prescribing specialists should have a solid understanding of the flavanoids produced by medical cannabis, and the potential therapeutic role they may play. Although the scientific understanding of flavonoids in cannabis is constantly evolving, their potential to contribute to the entourage effect cannot be ignored. Prescribing specialists may consider taking into account the flavonoid content when recommending specific cannabis strains for their patients.


How can patients in the UK access medical cannabis with specific flavonoid profiles?


All cannabis-based medicines in the UK are subject to strict regulations and must be prescribed by a specialist doctor. Patients who are interested in accessing medical cannabis with specific flavonoid profiles should discuss this with their prescribing specialist. All medical cannabis products will have a COA (Certificate of Analysis), which details the percentage of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids present in the product. 

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