Newcastle's Calvary Mater hospital is about to take part in a new medicinal cannabis trial.
Its one of seven additional hospitals around the state investigating whether the drug can help chemotherapy patients dealing with nausea and vomiting.
Patients at Campbelltown, Concord, Royal North Shore, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie Base and Wollongong hospitals will also be involved in the world-first trial which uses new generation anti-nausea products alongside cannabis products.
The trial has already been taking place at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Camperdown and in Orange.
“NSW is leading the country in developing much-needed evidence for the use of medicinal cannabis by investing $21 million in ground-breaking clinical trials, research and reforms,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
"We have also committed $1 million of this towards cultivation research which will ensure any future domestic industry is of a high quality and suited to local conditions," he said.
“Meanwhile, we are working closely with the Commonwealth to continue to support doctors wanting to prescribe appropriate medicinal cannabis products. A number of cannabis products have recently been imported from overseas in the hope of helping some of our sickest patients, removing a major barrier to accessing medicinal cannabis.”