Bethenny Frankel Says Her Skinnygirl Marijuana Won't Cause Munchies, May Help Weight Loss [Video]

From starring in the Real Housewives franchise to hosting her own now-cancelled talk show, Bethenny Frankel isn't a stranger to controversy. Now the reality TV star and single mom is expanding her Skinnygirl empire to include a line of "Skinnygirl marijuana," reported Us Weekly.

The palatable pot will be available only in states where recreational cannabis is legal, including Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, said sources. But why is the slender Frankel, who has talked frankly about her weight obsessions, selling marijuana that reportedly causes the munchies?

"It will be a specially engineered strain of pot designed to not give you the munchies," explained an insider. "She read about how profitable the cannabis industry is and wants to get in on that."

Frankel previously visited a marijuana dispensary in Aspen, reported TMZ. She visited the Green Dragon Dispensary in Aspen and tweeted her fascination with discovering legal pot sold in stores.

"OMG it's the craziest thing to see marijuana legal in Aspen. People walking into pot stores like it's the @Gap #prohibitiondone."
She's known for not holding back on her feelings, such as discussing her views on showering while wearing only a towel on her talk show, shown below.
As for the concept that Skinnygirl Marijuana won't cause weight gain due to pot-induced hunger, Bethenny may be aware of a study showing that cannabis actually is associated with weight loss, reported Seattle PI. A study conducted by scientists from Harvard, University of Nebraska, and Beth Israel medical center evaluated weight and cannabis consumption.

"We found significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences," concluded the researchers.

The scientists conducted their marijuana research, when they became aware that the impact of pot on the body had not been investigated with regard to measures that would determine the validity of marijuana-induced munchies, they explained in their American Journal of Medicine report.

"There are limited data regarding the relationship between cannabinoids and metabolic processes. Epidemiologic studies have found lower prevalence rates of obesity and diabetes mellitus in marijuana users compared with people who have never used marijuana."
Consequently, they compared current marijuana users and past pot users to come up with their pro-pot-for-weight-loss conclusion. And as shown in the photos, she flaunted of herself wearing her daughter's pajamas, Frankel may be her own Skinnygirl model for the impact on the waistline.
While Frankel tinkers with the formula for that Skinnygirl marijuana, she's also aware of the fall-out from her cancelled talk show, reported TV Guide. But Bethenny is putting on a brave face and discounting reports that she's discouraged about her chances of success on the screen.

Instead, she revealed that she wants to focus on exercise and Skinnygirl products.

"What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break. been striving and climbing and white-knuckling for so long that I need a rest from the grind. I'm a little over myself and wouldn't blame anyone else for being over me as well."
However, Frankel also is returning to the Real Housewives of New York, reported Us Weekly. Andy Cohen emphasized his delight.

"Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise," he said, "and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!"

Is Cohen being candid? As the Inquisitr noted, Andy is known for telling all, even crafting his own Andy Warhol-inspired diary. However, prior to the announcement of her return, when her talk show was still live, Cohen was hesitant about hiring her, based on her audition tape, as shown below.

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