(CNN) — States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
COMMENTARY by indie-author Kathleen K.
As the facts roll in, the placement of marijuana in our herbal kit bag is making more sense. There is evidence aplenty that it is a beneficial plant. Now they’re in the lab trying to eke the pain-reliever parts away from the getting-high parts. Fine. I see that distinction as valid. Go, Science! What we shouldn’t forget is that pot isn’t “only” medicinal. It’s convivial, it’s mind-altering. Think cold beer on a hot day… or a hot toddy in the snow. Summon the thunder of ideas!
What is a vowel?
For all you word/sound lovers out there, here’s something interesting about human vocalization. Consider the difference between spoken consonants and vowels in terms of air flow through the nose and mouth. Poets, singers, editors: these are the mechanics of our screams and whispers. Ohhh…. Ahhh.
(Slate) — When you make a consonant sound, you create a blockage or a point of turbulence in the airflow, somewhere between your vocal cords (or vocal folds) and your lips. Where and how this blockage and turbulence happens is what distinguishes one consonant from another (/s/ creates turbulence at the roof of your mouth, just behind your teeth; /n/ is made at the same place, but the air comes out your nose instead). Vowels, however, are sounds that don’t have any blockage or turbulence in the airflow at all. An easy rule of thumb is that a vowel is any sound you can hold while singing (like Whitney Houston) and everything else is a consonant.