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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



cannabinoid  listen  (kuh-NA-bih-noyd)

  A type of chemical in marijuana that causes drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. The main active cannabinoid in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabinoids may help treat the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment.