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CBD Health Collection opened on Thursday in downtown Granville, at 136 North Prospect St. Former Buckeye Chris Spielman is one of the company partners. (Photo: Kent Mallett/The Advocate)
GRANVILLE — All it took for Rick Bauer to know what he wanted to do in retirement was seeing the improved movement in an aging dog with arthritis and interest from former Ohio State and NFL star Chris Spielman.
Bauer, retired after 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, opened CBD Health Collection on Thursday in downtown Granville, at 136 North Prospect St. Joining Bauer in the online distributor of CBD-infused products are his son, Jon Bauer, and his daughter, Ashley Bauer Marienau,
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an essential component of medical marijuana, derived directly from the hemp plant. By itself, it does not cause a “high” and has been credited with easing pain.
More than a year ago, Bauer saw the impact of CBD on his son’s dog, a female pit bull about 16 years old.
“The dog, she couldn’t navigate the stairs at all,” Rick Bauer said. “He had to carry her up stairs. Now she can get up on her own and navigate the stairs, somewhat slowly.
“I could see the results. I was very impressed by CBD. It made a difference. It made a difference in her life. With animals, there’s no placebo effect. The dog had no idea.”
Bauer’s friendship with Spielman goes back to the late 1990s. He knew Spielman had battled pain from his playing days.
“I reached out to Chris because I knew he had a lot of painful episodes and I wanted to know what he was using,” Bauer said. “I contacted his agent.”
From left: Ryan Marienau, Rick Bauer, Ashley Bauer Marienau and Jon Bauer at Thursday’s opening of