Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide is commonly manufactured synthetically for both commercial and pharmaceutical purposes. capsaicin is universally used as self- defense and riot- control agent in form of pepper sprays, tear gas, etc.
Nonivamide is the active ingredient in most pepper sprays. It is also being used by law enforcement in "paint-ball" guns as a powerful non-lethal weapon.
Nonivamide can be used to deter pests, such as adding it to birdseed which will deter squirrels.