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PostSubject: Using Pepper Spray For Self Defense   9/29/2010, 21:47

Pepper spray also known as OC spray (from "Oleoresin Capsicum"), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary blindness. This is why pepper spray is useful for personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears as well as human attackers.

Pepper spray is considered a less lethal agent and therefore it is the choice of many customers who are not candidates for using a gun or other weapon to defend themselves.

Pepper spray is naturally derived. The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis. Getting oleoresin capsicum from peppers involves finely ground capsicum, from which capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum. An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray

How can you tell how powerful a pepper spray you are buying? A technology called liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to measure the amount of capsaicin within pepper sprays. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) are used to measure the concentration or "heat" of pepper spray. So, you can look at the product's Scoville units to determine potency.

What happens to an attacker? Pepper spray is an inflammatory. It causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing. The duration of its effects depend on the strength of the spray but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours, thus giving you a chance to escape.
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