If you’ve never tried CBD oil before, it can be a little intimidating. There are so many different brands, flavors and uses that it’s hard to know where to start!

CBD Butterfly has taken the time to find products that provide clear ingredient information and summaries that information with each product within our store.

What is CBD?

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. You may have heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive component of cannabis and produces the “high” associated with smoking marijuana. But there’s also another cannabinoid called CBD that does not produce a high or any mind-altering effects at all—it’s non-psychoactive.


CBD has been legal since 2018 by the federal government on passing of the 2018 farm bill. But that doesn’t mean each state has approved CBD. We have compiled an updated list of each states current laws. Please click here to see if your state is included in this list!


By definition, hemp contains 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is not enough to make a person “high.” Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a commonly used term for cannabis sativa plant strains which contain very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and are typically used for its fiber and seeds.

FDA warning & health warnings about CBD

The FDA also published a revised Consumer Update detailing safety concerns about CBD products more broadly.

The FDA has approved only one CBD product, a prescription drug product to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy.

It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.

The FDA has seen only limited data about CBD safety and these data point to real risks that need to be considered before taking CBD for any reason.

Some CBD products are being marketed with unproven medical claims and are of unknown quality.

The FDA will continue to update the public as it learns more about CBD. CBD has the potential to harm you, and harm can happen even before you become aware of it.

CBD can cause liver injury.

CBD can affect the metabolism of other drugs, causing serious side effects.

Use of CBD with alcohol or other Central Nervous System depressants increases the risk of sedation and drowsiness, which can lead to injuries. CBD can cause side effects that you might notice. These side effects should improve when CBD is stopped or when the amount ingested is reduced.


Changes in alertness, most commonly experienced as somnolence (drowsiness or sleepiness).

Gastrointestinal distress, most commonly experienced as diarrhea and/or decreased appetite.

Changes in mood, most commonly experienced as irritability and agitation.


There are many important aspects about CBD that we just don’t know, such as:

What happens if you take CBD daily for sustained periods of time?

What is the effect of CBD on the developing brain (such as children who take CBD)?

What are the effects of CBD on the developing fetus or breastfed newborn?

How does CBD interact with herbs and botanicals?

Does CBD cause male reproductive toxicity in humans, as has been reported in studies of animals?

Make sure you speak with a Medical Professional before consuming CBD.

What's the best way to take it?

There are a lot of ways to take CBD, but the most common ones include tinctures, capsules, topicals and vapes.

If you’re new to CBD and aren’t sure which method is right for you, here’s a quick breakdown of each option:


Tinctures are liquid drops that can be applied under the tongue or mixed into food or drinks. They’re absorbed directly into your bloodstream through membranes in your mouth and throat (called mucosa). There’s no real taste from these products as they’re made from hemp oil that has been extracted using alcohol or vegetable glycerin as a solvent. Tinctures are inexpensive and easy to use.


Capsules contain concentrated hemp oil with CBD added along with other natural ingredients like MCT oil or olive leaf extract. Capsules are convenient if you have trouble swallowing pills because they don’t require any water intake before consumption — just pop one in your mouth anytime throughout the day! Because capsules are made with MCT oil rather than alcohol or vegetable glycerin like tinctures do, some people find them easier on their stomachs as well.


Topicals such as lotions and salves absorb through skin contact instead of being ingested via oral means like tinctures or swallowed like capsules would be taken normally (although there are some options out there where both routes could work depending on how much time has passed between application). Topical products work best when applied directly onto affected areas such as muscle soreness after exercise because these areas aren’t protected by clothing when worn outside so it allows quicker absorption into bloodstreams versus having clothes protecting them from direct contact with skin surface areas where topical applications could potentially help relieve pain before reaching other parts throughout body systems quickly enough– especially since topical applications don’t tend to.

How much should I take?

There’s no hard and fast rule for how much CBD to take. The best way to start is with a small dose, and then you can increase the dosage until you find the right amount for your body. If you have a reaction (like feeling nauseous or dizzy), then reduce your dose until the side effects stop. If you don’t have a reaction, then try increasing your CBD dosage again until it feels good for you!

Who should not use CBD oil?

You should not use CBD oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is currently no reliable research on the effects of CBD oil on pregnant or breastfeeding women, so it’s best to avoid using it until more studies can be done.


Additionally, anyone with a history of alcoholism, drug abuse and mental illness should talk to their doctor before taking CBD oil. If you have heart disease or liver problems—or if you take prescription medications—you should also consult a doctor before trying CBD oil.

We hope you’ve found this guide useful. If you have any questions about CBD, please feel free to reach out to us! We are here to help answer all of your questions about CBD and the best ways for you to use it.