Alright, I've had these questions on my mind for a while now, and I was hoping someone could possibly shed some light on the matter.
From my basic understanding, steroids possess two qualities: their anabolic level and androgenic level; anabolic being muscle building capability and androgenic being strength/"Alpha Male" capabilities. Certain drugs have certain proficiencies in certain areas (anavar being androgenic, deca being anabolic, for example, right?).
Hopefully my understanding of the terms anabolic and androgenic when referred to AAS is correct. Providing it is, what in the chemical structure makes a drug more anabolic/androgenic? From my basic understanding an offshoot of testosterone is produced, and the effects are viewed in a clinical laboratory to determine it's anabolic/androgenic rating. This is what I've heard, so if that's the case then there's nothing in the chemical structure to suggest that a certain formulation will be better suited for anabolic and/or androgenic purposes? Is a steroid compound simply produced, and THEN measured for it's anabolic/androgenic propensities AFTER it's produced, or are the compounds created with certain effects in mind?
Secondly, what effects take place in the body regarding anabolic and androgenic reactions. I assume that both activate the androgen receptors in the muscle, but does a more anabolic compound activate it in a different manner than an androgenic compound? This is simply a random thought, but does DHT play into the affects of androgenic steroids? I believe I heard somewhere about a correlation between DHT and androgenic effects.
If these questions are novice/uninformed I apologize. This has really been bugging me, and I wouldn't even know where to begin when looking for an answer.