The Christian CBD Changes Its Name

Christian Book Distributors drops its initials to avoid confusion with the cannabis product.

For more than 20 years, Christian Book Distributors—a direct-mail cataloger and online retailer—has gone by the letters CBD.

But the company announced last month it would drop the abbreviation and the word distributors from its name in response to the now-common use of CBD to refer to cannabidiol. The letters will no longer appear beneath its logo, an open book with flipping pages.

“Across the country, people see signs for ‘CBD sold here,’ which creates brand confusion,” the Massachusetts-based retailer stated. “In the past, a Google search for ‘CBD’ would place our company at the top of the results page. Now ‘our CBD’ is nowhere to be found in the search results, only sites for the cannabis product are listed, and paid ads are no longer allowed.”

Since “this wave of popularity over the ‘other CBD’ is not likely to subside,” the company will now operate as Christianbook. Its website is

“We have no plans to change the way we do business and serve our customers; we will concentrate all our efforts on the brand name ‘Christianbook’ and the tagline ‘Everything Christian for Less,’” said CEO Ray Hendrickson, who founded Christian Book Distributors with his brother in 1978. With a half-million books, materials, and church supplies in stock, Christianbook considers itself “the largest catalog/Internet company serving the Christian marketplace.”

Christian history is full abbreviations, dating back to the first century of the church when the fish symbol, ichthys, represented an acrostic for “Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter” or “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” …

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