Self Defense Sprays
There are so many types of self defense sprays on the market today that it has become
confusing for you to decide which one to get. There are three basic chemical compounds
that compose these defensive sprays.
- CS (Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile)
- CN (alphachloroacetaphenone)
- OC (Oleoresin Capsicum)
The first two, CS and CN, irritate the membrane tissues and cause stinging and tearing.
They can take from 5 to 30 seconds before they are effective and may not work if someone is
drunk, on drugs, psychotic, or can't feel pain. The time delay and the fact that they may or
may not be effective, is enough to turn people away from the self defense sprays. However, the remaining
compound, OC, does not have these limitations.
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 someone 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 suport breathing. They double over coughing uncontrollably.
But I hear about people who aren't affected by pepper sprays?