The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

When was the last time you went on a re­ally lazy hol­i­day? You know the type, where the sum to­tal of your day’s ‘ac­tiv­ity’ is mov­ing from pool lounger to bar? I bet it was a while ago. Gone are the days of the tra­di­tional ‘fly-and -flop’ – sure, we’re still look­ing for cock­tail and pool time on our hol­i­day, but these days we also ex­pect a side of well­ness, too, if you don’t mind.

And it’s not just the clas­sic re­treats that are putting health highs at the heart of their hol­i­day of­fer­ings – en­tire des­ti­na­tions are now tap­ping into the pop­u­lar­ity of good-for-you pur­suits, so much so that the well­ness tourism in­dus­try is cur­rently worth a whop­ping $700 bil­lion glob­ally.

Our cover story on page 12 takes a look at some of the lat­est des­ti­na­tions around the world putting well­ness at the fore. From cy­cling in Bhutan and wa­ter­sports in Ja­pan to healthy gourmet tours in NZ and med­i­ta­tion in Ari­zona, there’s some­thing for all.

Else­where in this is­sue we look at the lat­est re­search around the med­i­cal po­ten­tial of var­i­ous il­licit drugs. With mar­i­juana oil now a le­gal treat­ment for some con­di­tions, sci­en­tists are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the medic­i­nal ca­pac­ity of other so- called ‘hard’ drugs (ec­stasy, for ex­am­ple, has shown prom­ise in treat­ing PTSD). While more re­search is needed and le­gal­i­sa­tion re­mains a long way off, our re­port on page 4 still makes for fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing. Have a great week!

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