Cannabis is one of the most controversial plants due to its properties, yet it holds tremendous potential for medicine. In addition, cannabis was already well known and prized for thousands of years due to its wide variety of uses including medicine, clothing, paper and food. The compounds derived from the cannabis plant interface with receptors throughout the body that influence pain, immunity, mood, appetite and many other functions. This ubiquity is one of the factors that make cannabis such a potent medical tool.
steroid ster·oid (stěr'oid', stēr'-)
Any of numerous naturally occurring or synthetic fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings and including the sterols and bile acids, adrenocortical and sex hormones, certain natural drugs such as digitalis compounds, and the precursors of certain vitamins. Also called steroid hormone . adj. ste·roid·al (stĭ-roid', stě-)
Relating to or characteristic of steroids or steroid hormones.