Also referred to as an OC or capsicum spray, pepper spray is a very effective inflammatory agent that can easily irritate the eyes and result in pain, temporary blindness and tears. Pepper spray is an organic based agent that comes from cayenne peppers. The spray normally comes in canister form, which is often times small enough to be carried in your pocket or a woman’s purse. Once the spray is used, it will immediately cause the dilating of the capillaries of the eyes, causing temporary blindness, chocking, coughing, and tearing of the eyes. The spray will also cause an extremely intense burning of the skin and cause nausea. The mucous membranes will begin to swell, making breathing very difficult. The spray is very painful, often causing the individual who was sprayed to double over and fall to the ground. Due to the fact that the person won’t be able to breathe or be able too see properly.
Often times the spray is used to control crowds or in self defense situations. Pepper spray is very handy to have in violent assault situations. as a violent assault happens every few seconds in the U.S. alone. Pepper spray is safer than guns or knives. It is also lethal, although there have been rare cases where pepper spray led to death. In these cases, however, there were medical conditions present that were present that were aggravated – leading to the death.
Although the spray is effective on most, the spray may not have as much of an effect on people on drugs, alcohol or already hysterical. With these people, you may have to give them a couple of quick sprays to the face to have the right effect. The overall effect on the length of the spray will depend on the strength of the spray. Most pepper spray effects will last anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.
Pepper spray is great to have at home or to carry around with you at all times. If a burglar breaks into your home while you are home, you obviously want something to protect yourself with. A can of pepper spray is very effective and easily stop someone from attacking you. All it takes is a direct spray to the eyes.
Although pepper spray is very effective, it is illegal to have in some states. Check your local state laws before purchasing it.
Remember, Don’t be a victim!