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Opium is a new platform for launching and trading cryptocurrency derivatives.
Having begun operations in May 2020, Opium uses Ethereum to run a decentralized derivatives marketplace in which any cryptocurrency owner can participate.
The aim of the platform is to democratize access to financial derivatives while using the benefits that decentralization affords traders over legacy alternatives.
Opium’s in-house token, OPIUM, launched in January 2021 and will fulfil various roles mostly centered around platform governance. Active users will be able to vote on some of the most important decisions involved in the platform’s operations.