Have you ever touched a hot pepper and then accidentally rubbed your eyes? This is essentially the same effect that pepper spray can have, just on a different level. Pepper spray uses an active ingredient called OC, which is Oleoresin Capsicum.
Also known as a capsicum spray, it contains a lachrymatory agent that irritates your eyes. It is a non-lethal weapon that causes tears, temporary blindness, breathing difficulty and pain upon directed at your target.
The reason why it’s so popular among everyone at all age ranges is mainly because it is easy to operate and very inexpensive (compared to buying a gun or pocket knife!). With this product, you need not possess any particular skill to operate it while defending yourself, therefore it is a convenient and reliable method, in my opinion.
Pepper spray is cheap, discreet, and easy to carry. It won’t cause long-term damage to the other person, and using it doesn’t require me to make physical contact with a person who may attack me. It’s the perfect tool to carry every day if you’re lacking combat training—which, let’s be honest, is most of us.