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What are Flavonoids?

We often speak to people who are highly educated about CBD. But even some of these users are unfamiliar with “flavonoids.” While understanding what flavonoids are remains rare, the compounds themselves are common. Like our other favourite compounds terpenes, flavonoids appear in a range of natural products you’ve likely come across already today.

The Natural Colour Palette

Fruit and vegetables containing flavonoids

The vibrant green of a parsley bunch, the enticing rouge of a summer strawberry or the translucent colour of a juicy grape. The vibrancy of fauna enriches our daily lives. In fact, studies show houseplants improve our daily mood, reducing anxiety and providing a calming presence.

Flavonoids are responsible for the diverse range of colours we experience in all fruits and vegetables. They are the largest group of phytonutrients, with over 6,000 types.

Scientific Support

In recent years, the scientific community has awoken to their potential benefits. The Linus Pauling Institute has noted flavonoids may exhibit anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting properties. 

There is a reason you have been told to eat five fruit and veg a day, since you were young.  Diets rich in fruit and vegetables are associated with preventing cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.

Flavonoids in CBD

The Cannabis Sativa L. plant (our favoured species) is no different to other plants. There are about 20 known flavonoids produced in the cannabis plant. These phytonutrients lend the dark green colour to cannabis.

Flavonoids play an important role alongside other plant matter and terpenes in the “entourage effect.” 

Read more about the entourage effect.

Meet the Flavonoids

While there are many flavonoids in Cannabis Sativa L., we want to introduce you to a few of the important ones.


Ranging from Cannaflavin A through to Cannaflavin C, this range of Prenylflavonoids are abundant in cannabis. A & B were discovered in the 1980s and Cannaflavin C was only identified in 2008.

These compounds help with the dark green colour in the cannabis plant. There is ongoing scientific research to investigate whether they have anti-inflammatory properties.

Woman hands in white coat and blue medical gloves holding green branch cannabis with five fingers leaves, to show cannflavin flavonoids
Anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid, health food collection of red and purple fruit, vegetables, sauce, salad & dips. Foods also very high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.


This flavonoid is common in a range of plants and it’s a pigment that gives off red, purple and blue colourings. This may seem very unusual to be a common flavonoid in cannabis. Yet, many strains of cannabis actually have purplish hues to the flowers.

Anthocyanins can be found in red onions, berries, grapes, pomegranates, tomatoes and elderberries among others.


A typical dietary flavonoid that is common in fruits, vegetables and Chinese medicinal herbs. This compound has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Like other flavonoids, Apignen can be found in many fruits and vegetables. In particular, Apignen is ubiquitous in parsley, celery and chamomile. It even lends the yellowish hue to the latter.

A mug of flowered chamomile tea in a woman's hand on a blue background with flowers spread out. Floral summer background. Contains flavonoids
Watercress to show the flavonoid quercetin


The unusually named quercetin is a bitter flavonoid whose name comes from the latin name for oak forest. It is frequently used as a dietary supplement in its own right in the United States. Frequently found in the cannabis sativa plant, Quercetin also features in bitter foods such as watercress, rocket and capers

What are Terpenes?

Not unlike Flavonoids, terpenes are often found in cannabis. Yet, typically little is known about them.

The alluring fragrance of a citrus fruit, the calming scent of a pine tree, or the hot aroma of black pepper. Terpenes are the compounds responsible for all these smells, and much more.

A family of organic, aromatic compounds that are typically produced by plants, terpenes typically have strong, distinctive scents. These smells affect the behaviour of fauna that engage with the plant. Terpenes act to deter animals from eating the plant or attract insects necessary for pollination.

Find out more about terpenes.

Which CBD Oil contains Flavonoids?

Not all CBD Oil contains flavonoids. In fact, you need to keep your eyes peeled for the right products. A Broad Spectrum extract is best placed to deliver the range of plant matter needed for the appearance of terpenes and flavonoids.

Made from Cannabis Sativa L. extract, Broad Spectrum Dragonfly CBD Oil retains the plant’s natural complexity. This CBD Oil harnesses the harmonising entourage of flavonoids and terpenes. Using a special double-distillation process, our Broad Spectrum Oil is THC-free, which is uncommon for many similar products. It has a rich, earthy flavour and is perfect for the experienced users’ palate.

Try our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil or read some Dragonfly CBD reviews.

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