Flavonoids and canflavins
According to Canadian studies, hemp contains substances that have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect.
These are flavonoids, natural antioxidants known for their anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Unlike the flavonoids found in many plants, canflavin A and canflavin B found in hemp have special properties.
Canflavins make up approximately 0.014% of the plant weight, but their role cannot be underestimated. Their anti-inflammatory properties are about thirty times more effective than aspirin. Modern research is focused on the study of the properties of flavonoids that make up the cannabis plant, in particular, cannoflavins, flavoring compounds responsible for the formation of flavors characteristic of this plant, and are the most powerful pain relieving agent with a prolonged effect.
In their structure, flavonoids are close to terpenes, but have a more pronounced antioxidant effect, protecting and restoring action on various types of cells. According to nutritionists, antioxidants are extremely beneficial for humans, which is why superfood products contain a significant amount of such compounds. In combination with cannabinoids, they are able to provide a pronounced long-term protective and restorative effect on the entire human body.
The therapeutic properties of cannaflavins were previously known, but were ignored by the medical community. For example, the therapeutic and analgesic effects of flavonoids in animals were first described in the 1980s by Dr. Marilyn Barrett.
The flavonoids present in every plant represent only a small proportion of the diverse cannabinoids and their synergists. Today, it is technically possible to extract flavonoids in acceptable volumes to study their properties. Significant, unnatural dosages of cannaflavins are required to achieve significant therapeutic effects.
Obtaining them by processing plant parts using standard technologies is not economically viable. Therefore, an alternative technology has now been developed that allows one to obtain the required amount of a substance, called "gene mining", based on computer simulation and the use of elements of genetic engineering to introduce changes in the genetic code of plants, on the basis of biosynthesis to produce the required substances in higher concentrations.
Researchers claim that both types of cannaflavins have been obtained using this technology. An extremely unique property of cannabis flavonoids is the ability not only to reduce pain, but to directly eliminate the source of pain and inflammation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used in modern medicine have a significant number of side effects, a narrow therapeutic range, and a high risk with prolonged use, especially when taking NSAIDs and alcoholic beverages at the same time.
Now, after the elimination of legal barriers in many countries of the world, the development of technologies that allow the impact on the plant genome, it is possible to create revolutionary new generation of pharmacological drugs.