Pepper spray, also known as OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) and capsicum spray, is a lachrymator chemical derived from chili peppers. Extraction of 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 wax like resin is the oleoresin capsicum.
Pepper spray is the perfect self defense weapon to repel attacks. In addition to causing an attacker severe pain, pepper defense sprays swell the mucous membranes, which makes breathing difficult, and swells the veins in the eyes, causing the eyes to close. These effects last 15-60 minutes and cause no permanent damage.
OC, or pepper spray, is an inflammatory agent; not an irritant. When someone is sprayed with OC pepper spray, the person's eyes slam shut. Even if the assailant does manage to get their eyes open, they won't be able to see because OC dilates the capillaries and causes temporary blindness. Additionally, instant inflammation of the breathing tissues restricts all but life support breathing.
Pepper spray typically comes in different sized canisters, many of which are often small enough to be carried or concealed in a pocket or purse. You can also buy defense pepper sprays concealed in items such as lipstick, pagers, striking batons and even rings.
Pepper Spray is cheap to buy, simple to use, and easy to conceal. Best of all, it is non-lethal.