LANCASTER – Steve Slater went from suffering severe knee pain to once again working out and credits using cannabidiol for easing the pain.
Therefore, he works with CBD Health Collection of Granville, owned by Rick Bauer and his daughter, Ashley, to create products for those doing heavy strength training workouts.
“I started working with them because my knee pain was pretty fierce through wear and tear from lifting (weights) and doing heavy labor,” Slater said. “I manufacture a lot of strength equipment like atlas stones and logs and I have to lug these things around. Then I go to competitions and I have to lug them around. So there’s a lot of wear and tear on my body.”
Slater, 53, is a former Strongman competitor and bodybuilder and now produces bodybuilding equipment. He also owns Git Fit with his wife, Susie. That company promotes strength clinics, Strongman competition and provides fitness training and consulting.
Additionally, he is also an owner of Slater’s Hardware. However, his involvement with the CBD Health Collection is not affiliated in any way to the hardware store. Slater has also been a committee member for the Arnold Strongman Classic since 2003.
“It’s an ingredient from cannabis,” Slater said of CBD, “It just helps with pain reduction. There’s many different ingredients in the cannabis plant, and CBD is one of those that can be pulled out and extracted.”
He said the products are legal and do not get the user high because CBD products contain only minute amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), element in cannabis that causes euphoria.
Slater said he looked at CBD after the ibuprofen he used for pain bothered his stomach upon the advice of his doctor, Eric Serrano. Serrano gave Slater a CBD patch and an oral dose to start.
“And within I would say less than an hour I was walking around like I had take three ibuprofen,” Slater said. “Normally ibuprofen takes a while to get in me. It may take three or four hours to actually kick in for me. But this was 45 minutes or so.”
That spurred Slater to call Rick Bauer to start a business relationship. Slater was also able to start training again.
“It’s helped me tremendously just for that, and then also just day-to-day work,” he said. “I’ve got some pain in my hand and my shoulders. Those pains went away. They weren’t like my knee pain, which was excruciating to where I was walking and limping and putting pressure on my hip.”
Since he started feeling better, Slater advised Rick Bauer to create a warming CBD salve and a cooling gel geared to those who work out under the Atlas Performance Products name.
However, he said the products will work well for those who don’t work out, but are experiencing pain.
Slater’s role is only an advisory role, as he has no ownership in the company.
“I’m just helping them,” he said. “I’m kind of like a co-developer. We’re just coming up with new formulas and new products to help strength athletes.”
Former Ohio State and NFL player Chris Spielman is also involved with the Granville company and has his own product line.