A team of researchers has been given a $157,000 grant to study whether cannabinoids can help treat brain cancer.

A team of Auckland University researchers was recently awarded the grant, from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, to look at the topic.

The university's head of pharmacology, associate professor Michelle Glass, said: "Cannabis produces a high in the brain by binding to a protein that is in your brain. "That protein is called a receptor, and what we're trying to look at is, can we use that binding to actually drive the cell into a 'death pathway'."

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