New Cannabis Research Grants Focuses on Kids with Cancer

New Cannabis Research Grants Focuses on Kids with Cancer

Canadian researchers are going all in to sort out how cannabis can help kids with cancer. The Canadian government seems to be handing out dozens of new cannabis research grants over the last few years. But, this one is exceptional – unlike most, it is focused on children. The grant’s primary purpose is to study the current use of cannabis by children with cancer. Children are already using cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of cancer treatment – like the side effects of chemotherapy. But unfortunately, as any physician will tell you, there isn’t much information about dosing, efficacy, and risks for children. Of course, many doctors are concerned about the long term health effects of adolescent cannabis use, which impacts how much they can advise their patients. With no sound scientific information, parents turn to the internet and the black market in desperation. Hopefully, this new research grant will evolve into new clinical trials, precise dosing recommendations, and drug development. What the Cannabis Research Grants Cover In late April 2020, researchers at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba announced they had received a $1.5 million cannabis research grant. Issued through a joint effort by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Cancer Research and the Canadian Cancer Society, this money will work to better understand how cannabis is already used among pediatric cancer patients today. As Dr. Lauren Kelly, the scientific director of this project, explained to UM News, “The need for high-quality evidence…

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