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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Five Tips To Get The Most Out Of CBD Therapy

by Francisco Arnold

CBD therapy has become quite popular — and for good reason. It's safe, effective, and works to manage a wide range of ailments from anxiety to arthritis. However, there are some guidelines you will want to follow to get the most out of your cannabis therapy.

1. Choose CBD-only or CBD-rich products.

If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, you will have your choice of cannabis products that do and do not contain THC, the component of marijuana that makes you feel high. If you live in a state where THC products are still illegal, you will only legally be able to buy products that contain CBD, but no THC. In either case, remember that it's CBD that has most of the therapeutic benefits. Use either an all-CBD product or one with minimal THC.

2. Look for CBD made from cannabis.

CBD can be derived either from hemp or from marijuana. (There are strains of marijuana that produce only CBD, and not THC.) Look for a product made from marijuana, not hemp, as these tend to be of higher quality. Hemp contains so little CBD that a huge volume must be used, which increases the chances of impurities making it into the final product.

3. Pay close attention to the concentration.

Whether you are ingesting CBD products or vaping them, pay close attention to the concentration on the product label. Usually, the concentration is presented in mg. For example, a bottle might read 300 mg CBD, or 1000 mg CBD. That is the amount of CBD in the whole bottle. Adjust your dose accordingly. 

4. Ask for laboratory results.

All of the best CBD producers send their products off to a lab to be tested for CBD concentration and THC concentration. If this paperwork is not readily offered, ask to see it. Do not buy from a company that does not do lab testing, as they have no real way to know how much CBD or THC is in their product without this testing.

5. Start with a small dose.

CBD products affect everyone differently. Some people experience benefits with only 1 mg. Others need 10 mg to get the desired effect. Start with a low dose of about 1 mg, and see how you feel. Keep building just 1 mg at a time until you reach the dose that satisfies your needs. 

For more tips and advice, reach out to your local dispensary or CBD supplier.