Chemical molecules similar to cannabinoids and terpenes that are synthesized by plants. Phenolic compounds are present in more than 10,000 structures including flavonoids, lignanamides, and phenolic acids. About 20 flavonoids exist in Cannabis sativa, with cannflavin A and cannflavin B unique to cannabis. Phenolic compounds have been shown to have antioxidant properties, while the flavonoids in cannabis, in particular, are anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and may help prevent and treat cancer. Phenolic compounds also determine plant quality, including flavor and color. The type of cannabis strain and the ratio of phenolic compounds, cannabinoids, and terpenes contribute to the potency and effects of the plant when consumed.

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