The painful effects of being soaked in this toxic liquid last for hours.
The active ingredient in a pepper spray that contains OC is Capsaicin, which describes a complex of related components (C18 H27 NO31) named Capsaicinoids that all work together to produce the “pungency” or burning sensation on contact with skin or mucous membranes (eg eyes, mouth, nostrils).
All hot peppers contain Capsaicinoids. Capsaicin, the strongest and most common of the Capsaicinoid family, is so hot that single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will produce blistering on the tongue.
Capsaicin In pure form it is a white powder and has a Scoville Heat Rating of 16,000,000.