This is an absolute no doubter to me. I will only smoke in the later evening since I can't be high at work (I would, but I couldn't do my job!), and it also takes a little leg strength away. But I'll tell you, it's absolute sweet relief from that pain which just ratchets up each passing hour as the work day plods on. Especially in my legs, calves and knees. 2 hits on the bowl and I almost perceptibly go "Ahhhhhh". It's amazing and I know of nothing that even comes close. Since NSAIDS don't touch nerve pain, this is it, but it's also very, very effective for me. There have been times that I have actually almost cried it felt so good. And although I do enjoy the euphoria, it's slight when you only take two hits. And I don't even really know, or care for that matter, whether it's that I just don't give a shit because of the buzz, or whether it calms stuff down and makes you actually feel less pain. The net result is markedly less perceived pain.
The other thing which makes me think it's not just a 'psychological masking', is that those times when I have felt like I was literally vibrating like my CNS was just charged; it takes that away too. AND when I was in the hospital and had all the pain associated with my banged up spinal accessory nerve, the MJ was better than morphine or percocet; to me anyway.
I absolved myself of the guilt that I was actually still feeling about it being illegal. It simply works way too well for me to care about that. I think the illegality is political anyway, and what I think of politicians being political is a whole 'nother story.