Cannatrek has launched a not-for-profit offshoot with the ambition of broadening public awareness of the potential of medicinal cannabis.

The Cannatrek Foundation will promote research and education around plant-based medicines and offer subsidised or free treatment for eligible patients including veterans, first responders, health professionals, the elderly, children and cancer patients.

The company’s existing compassionate access scheme will be folded into the new body.

Huppert: ‘We believe in giving back’ (photo: MCIA)

After launching on ANZAC Day, the inaugural director of the Cannatrek Foundation, Dr Craig Nossel, said one of its aims will be to shine a light on the issues facing veterans.

“The foundation will explore innovative plant-based solutions to tackle mental illness and other challenges facing our vets and first responders,” he said. “We are partnering with universities and hospitals to discover new therapies to more effectively treat diseases such as anxiety disorder and PTSD.”

Cannatrek said the foundation will operate as a separate entity to its core business and will “formalise” the support it has been offering through its compassionate access scheme.

As a not-for-profit it will be able to accept donations to further expand its work. It will also seek to engage with local communities in order to “improve health outcomes”.

Cannatrek Group founder and chief executive Tommy Huppert said: “We believe in giving back. We aim to make life-changing medicines accessible to all patients in Australia, regardless of their socio-economic status.”   

“To have achieved not-for-profit status last week is comforting, it means that the foundation can help more people moving forward, further expanding its programs and capture the culture of care.”  

Steve has reported for a number of consumer and B2B titles over a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He is a regulator contributor to health journal, The Medical Republic, writing on...

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