Does the root canal process hurt?

Yes, it does. I've had anything you can think of done to my teeth, including extraction, and I'm afraid root canal treatment is the most painful. It lasts an hour, it's tough to keep your mouth open the entire time and it's a sharp pain (although not constant) that you can barely bare. I've had it done 4 times, it's not cool.

No, it doesn't, the only pain I experienced was the needle used to put in the numbing agents. And since the nerve is removed in the process, there is no pain afterwards.