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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

Safe Practices To Follow When Trying Medical Marijuana Flower For The First Time

by Francisco Arnold

Whether they want better sleep or help with pain, people are turning to medical marijuana for potential help for all kinds of ailments. Thanks to many states declaring that weed is legal for medicinal purposes, patients now have access to a new form of alternative medicine in a lot of places that they could never try before legally. If you have issues that have landed you with a permit, license, or doctor's documented permission to try medical marijuana, you may be anxious to head to a dispensary and get the bud, rolling papers, and lighter you need. If you've never used marijuana flower before, it is wise to follow a few safe practices. 

1. Make sure you are somewhere safe. 

Once you have picked up your marijuana, make arrangements to go somewhere safe for your first time trying it. You should definitely be in a private home, but it can also be best if you have a willing sober friend who can sit with you through the first experience. Some people experience a slight fear or paranoia if they use too much smokable flower. Having someone with you can ease your mind. 

2. Go low and slow.

The general rule with smoking marijuana when you are not experienced is to go slowly. Forget about the glorified users you may see portrayed in the media or on TV that smoke a whole joint and seem just fine. As a first-timer, you only want to take a few puffs and wait to see how it affects you. Too much too soon when you are not experienced can be incredibly overwhelming. 

3. Monitor your symptoms and side effects. 

Once you have smoked a few puffs, wait to see how your symptoms are affected. For instance, if you are trying the medical marijuana to enhance your appetite due to persistent nausea, wait a bit and see if your nausea subsides and if you feel any inclination to find something to eat. 

4. Follow local regulations about medical marijuana use. 

Since medical marijuana is such a new thing, many states are just laying the groundwork for their laws and regulations as far as usage is concerned. Stay mindful of whatever local laws may be in place, even if they may seem a little stringent. Getting in trouble as a medical marijuana patient can lead to you losing your right to continue to buy the medicine. Generally speaking, it is best to stay home, stay indoors, and limit your contact with the public. 

To learn more, contact a resource that has medical marijuana flower for sale.