Pepper Spray vs. Mace – Important Differences (UPDATED)

In today’s video we’ll be talking about pepper
spray versus mace. A lot of people think that pepper spray and
mace are the exact same thing, but the fact is that there are very significant differences
between the two. So, when you look at these items what do you
think of? Stun guns are considered TASERs and TASERs
are considered stun guns. For Jello, its just a branded type of gelatin. For Kleenexes, or Kleenex, its a branded type
of tissue. Or soft tissue. Band-Aids are just a branded form of adhesive
bandages. This is what we call “genericized trademark”. These trademarks represent common names that
we tend to associate with certain items. So looking at Mace. Mace, by itself, doesn’t represent a product;
it represents a brand. Mace stands for Mace International. The company actually creates personal security
products as well as home security products. So, that’s one thing to keep in mind whenever
you hear someone say, “Oh, you maced somebody” or “Can I get some mace.” This is one thing to keep in mind. Pepper spray, mace are different things. So, the mace that we know is actually representative
of tear gas. And tear gas has been used in domestic situations,
or domestic disturbances, for riot control with local police forces. Its used in the military for training and
its also been used in warfare, in World War I. That’s when it was primarily used as a harassing
agent, or a type of nerve agent. There are actually two different types of
tear gas. So, there’s CS and…these are the scientific
names, really hard to pronounce but Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile and CN, which is alphachloroacetaphenone. Very difficult to pronounce, but these are
the two different chemicals that represent tear gas or two different types of tear gases. So, CN was actually the very first tear gas
that was used. First used in the military during World War
I as a harassing agent. Eventually they actually switched over to
CS because it was much less toxic and much more effective. CS was more potent than CN, but it wears off
a lot quicker. CS was actually discovered in 1928 and its
replaced CN. This was done in the 1950s. Its first use was during the Vietnam War. Many pepper spray products use a combination
of OC and tear gas, but Mace-branded products actually still use CN even though its considered
to be a more toxic chemical and substance. An interesting fact though is that tear gas
in general was actually banned in 1993 by the United Nations’ Chemical Weapon Convention
for use in warfare. The reason this was done was to prevent escalation
during warfare or during confrontations, but its still allowed to be used internationally
for use in riot control. So that’s why its still in use. Now, there are comparative effects between
pepper spray, OC, and mace, which CN/CS. As we know, pepper spray is an inflammatory
agent, which means that it causes the body to involuntarily swell up, or make the mucous
membranes in the various parts of your body, your eyes, your throat and everything else
swell up involuntarily. The effects are immediate and the chemical
itself, its natural, its non-toxic and it wears off quickly; typically between 30 minutes
to an hour. Mace, on the other hand is actually an irritant,
which means it relies on pain in order to be effective. Now the reason that the military uses mace
or uses tear gas rather, is to train its members to fight through it, because you can actually
build up a resistance to tear gas but you cannot build up a resistance to pepper spray
or OC because of the fact that its an inflammatory agent. Irritants rely on pain, so its easy to build
up that resistance. The other problem is that tear gas typically
takes between 5 to 30 seconds to kick in and if you’re in an altercation with someone who’s
threatening your life, or wants to assault you, 5 to 30 seconds is a very long time to
have to wait for it to kick in. Especially if you’re dealing with someone
who has a weapon like a gun or a knife. The other thing is that it is a man-made chemical. Its possibly carcinogenic. Its been linked to liver failure, heart conditions
and a number of other things since its inception. The residue from the chemical, or chemicals
(CN and CS), can actually last for days whereas of course OC, only lasts for about an hour
or so and then its gone. But those are the main differences between
Mace and Pepper Spray. That’s all I have in this video. I’ll see you in the next video.


  • Nina

    I brought some mace from a friend's nephew who is deputy sheriff where I live.  It was at least 9 maybe 10 years ago.  I was wondering if its still any good?

  • 0 0

    Super cuts

  • Shakes

    the spray used in the mace pepper spray gun is an oc spray though..its not mace its Mace brand OC spray.

  • TheMdub27

    if I get a blended formula will that make the oc side weaker? I want the most effective pepper spray possible. which pepper spray will disable someone the fastest?

    Ive also heard that oc spray is only effective against 90% of people?

  • unguidedone

    when i was in a cs chamber in basic training it was pretty nasty a few people even threw up i thought that was bad
    then i got maced in the face and had to do tasks like that omg that is brutal

  • pivix

    well, for the OC wearing off quickly, that's just not true from personal experience! When i was drunk one day, I got half a bottle sprayed over me by the police and it made me freakout on them, i can be happy that i'm not living in the USA or i would have gotten a bullet in my head. they took 40 mins to put me in handcuffs and they were 6 officers! They've been totally fucked up afterwards.. so OC is kinda useless when it's used to defusing a situation. i had aftereffects for about 3 weeks, everytime i went to the shower it burned like crazy even tho i scrubbed my entire body on the first day. i really don't wish anyone having to go trough this. please comply with police orders, no matter how drunk you are! 🙂

  • Kenny m

    teargas i soo fuckt up cs i soo nasty


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