Remember when you were a kid, and mom used to say, “eat your greens. They are good for you.” It turns out she wasn’t wrong after all – they are incredibly good for you.
Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and spinach are packed with flavonoids. But what is a flavonoid, you ask? Well, flavonoids are secondary metabolites that act as antioxidants and are well known for their beneficial effects on health.
Flavonoids can be found in fruits, grains, tea, coffee, and even cannabis. Let’s have a look at cannabis flavonoids.
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What Are Cannabis Flavonoids?
As the name suggests, the flavonoids found in the cannabis plant are known as cannabis flavonoids. As we saw earlier, flavonoids are found in various food items. However, certain flavonoids are only found in cannabis plants. These rare flavonoids are known as cannaflavins.
Flavonoids play an essential part in our sense of recognition and perception of the cannabis plant. They provide distinguishing qualities that help us differentiate the cannabis strain varieties through our sense of smell and taste.
Flavonoids are also responsible for the pigmentation of the cannabis plant. Love the dark green or those deep purple strains of cannabis? You’ve got to thank flavonoids for that.
To sum it up, flavonoids give cannabis its character.
What Do Flavonoids Do?
Flavonoids are good for us humans as they provide numerous health benefits. Here is a look at some of them.
- Reduces stress
Flavonoids fight oxidative stress-causing free radicals. They help your body function more effectively and protect it against everyday toxins and stress-inducing elements.
- Antioxidant agents
Flavonoids are excellent antioxidant agents. They fight harmful molecules that can damage your health.
- Fights inflammation
Flavonoids help fight against inflammatory reactions caused due to allergens, germs, toxins, and other irritants.
What is Kaempferol?
Kaempferol is a flavonoid found in various food items like green vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cannabis. It is a highly active flavonoid found in cannabis along with orientin, quercetin, and silymarin.
Flavonoids are known for the numerous health benefits they provide. Research shows they are potent antioxidants and also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases like cancer.
What are the Health Benefits of Kaempferol?
Studies have shown that kaempferol has a protective effect on human health. It helps reduce the risk of chronic and cardiovascular diseases.
Similarly, it has more potent antioxidants than vitamins C and E.
It wouldn’t be wrong to classify kaempferol as a “super antioxidant.”
As mentioned earlier, flavonoids like kaempferol fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are uncharged molecules with an uneven number of electrons and can cause harm to the body.
Remember those serial killers in movies that went on a killing spree with no apparent motive? Free radicals are those. They react with other molecules in the body, causing a chain reaction called oxidation, leading to oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress can lead to early aging, heart diseases, cancer, and even untimely death. Hence, antioxidants are necessary to fight this dreadful oxidation reaction. And kaempferol is one of the best antioxidants you’ll find.
Kaempferol and Cancer
Research has shown that kaempferol can modify the apoptosis process. What’s apoptosis, you ask? In simple words, it’s cell death.
Similarly, kaempferol can also fight against or control metastasis (the spread of cancer) and inflammation.
Kaempferol helps fight a variety of cancers. Some of them include:
- Colon cancer
A study in 2014 found that kaempferol provided benefits in managing colon cancer cells. It can be used as a chemopreventive agent against this type of cancer.
- Breast cancer
Kaempferol is shown to slow down metastasis by blocking the cancer-spreading compounds called Matrix metalloproteinases.
- Prostate cancer
Research shows that kaempferol can block cancerous cell growth related to prostate cancer to some degree.
Kaempferol is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
For example, research has shown that kaempferol can treat various chronic and acute inflammation-induced illnesses. They include intervertebral disc degeneration and colitis, acute lung injury, obesity, and diabetes.
Similarly, other research has shown that kaempferol can be used to treat symptoms associated with chronic immune activation disorders. It can prove to be an interesting compound for nutritional interventions.
How to Consume Cannabis Kaempferol (edibles)?
Kaempferol is non-toxic. It is already present in various foods, which means it’s safe to consume, even if it comes from cannabis.
There are no daily limitations or optimal doses for flavonoids in general. However, most dosage recommendations range from 100 to 1000 mg daily.
The best way to consume flavonoids through cannabis is by eating it. You can find many edible cannabis products, such as tinctures and gummies.
If you are looking for some good-quality cannabis edibles for your Kaempferol dose, you can place a few drops or our Live Resin CBD + THC tincture for quick and easy dosing or eat one of our CBD gummies if you prefer something on the sweet side.
Terpenes vs. Flavonoids
Both terpenes and flavonoids are pharmacologically active compounds found in the cannabis plant. They both work independently and together to give you the high or relaxing effect you experience after smoking weed.
More research is needed to understand flavonoids and how they work to understand the difference between them and terpenes.
For now, we know that flavonoids affect the pigmentation of the cannabis plant along with giving it aroma and flavor, whereas terpenes are only associated with scent and taste.
Kaempferol is a major flavonoid found in various vegetables, fruits, and cannabis plants. It gives the plant the color, aroma, and taste.
Consumption of kaempferol provides significant health benefits and can even be a life-saver in certain situations.
As research progresses, we will uncover more potential benefits and use cases of kaempferol. Who knows what these little flavonoids have hiding in them!