A new research conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University discovered that cannaflavins could be a potential healing substance that can be extracted from cannabis. Cannaflavins could be used to treat some illnesses, including fighting the cells that produce pancreatic cancer. Still, the research points out that more data is needed in order to use this substance as a medical treatment option.
Recent research suggests that cannaflavins, compounds derived from the phytonutrients of the cannabis plant, represent another healing substance of this revolutionary plant that can be used both as an anti-inflammatory and as an analgesic in some patients.
Cannaflavins are compounds derived from flavonoids. These natural substances, together with carotenoids, are responsible for the color and taste in fruits and vegetables and have the potential to become another healing substance that could be obtained thanks to cannabis.
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Cannaflavins as a potential healing substance
In the specific case of cannabis, cannaflavins play an important role in the color and taste of the strains of this plant. In addition, the pigmentation of some types of cannabis strains has much to do with cannaflavins. Such is the case with some cannabis strains, which are characterized by their purple color.
Growers appreciate these characteristics because they allow the creation of various types of cannabis, some of which are used for medicinal or recreational purposes, depending on the levels of Cannabidiol (CBD) or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) they contain.
It is worth noting that approximately 6,000 different flavonoids have been identified in the plants. Of these, 23 are found exclusively in cannabis plants. However, their canonical, therapeutic, and recreational use needs further medical research, so a proper treatment using this substance is still further away.
Cannabis and its many potential medical properties
In this regard, researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University discovered that cannaflavins fight the cells that produce pancreatic cancer. Likewise, other medical studies pointed out that the intake of cannaflavins favors the protection of the skin, improves brain function, regulates blood sugar, and keeps blood pressure in order.
There are also analyses that allude to the anti-inflammatory potential of cannaflavins in some patients, which could be used by the pharmaceutical industry to develop non-opioid analgesic treatments, useful for various conditions.
It is important to note that cannaflavins are not psychoactive substances, but are believed to act in a similar way to Cannabidiol (CBD), so they may have a synergistic effect in combination with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabis flavonoids and their greatest healing properties
Among the cannaflavins with the greatest healing potential are
- Apigenin, a flavonoid responsible for the color of many fruits and vegetables, such as onions and oranges. Some studies with rodents showed that apigenin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, by suppressing tumor growth.
- Quercetin, a flavonoid present as a secret ingredient in various superfoods. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so its use is recurrent in the cosmetic industry for its anti-aging effects.
Considered a precursor to anabolic steroids, beta-sitosterol is a flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies the compound as a heart- attack risk reducer.
Finally, during the 1980s, Dr. Marilyn Barrett isolated cannaflavins A, B, and C to study their analgesic effect. Despite all these studies, its full medicinal potential has not yet been determined.
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