The Commonwealth Government has announced it will dedicate $3million of the $1billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to cannabis research.
The funding will go towards clinical trials to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for managing pain, symptoms and side effects for cancer patients.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the cannabis research grants would form part of the $86.5m allocated to clinical trials and other vital research.
Other funding includes $24m for the Million Minds Mission Mental Heath Research supporting access to new approaches to prevention, diagnoses, treatment and recovery; $25.2m for international clinical trial collaborations; $25m for clinical trials of new or improved treatments for rare cancers, rare diseases and other illness with unmet clinical need; and $4.5m for research into silicosis, a preventable lung disease related to inhalation of fine silica dust from artificial stone bench tops.
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