What is Opium

The Opium protocol is a universal protocol to create, settle and trade virtually all derivatives and financial instruments in a professional and trustless way. It allows anyone to build custom exchange-traded products on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Once created, they can be traded freely via a network of relayers and will be priced according to supply and demand. The Opium Network is a learning ecosystem that can work with custom logic of both derivatives and oracles. All created positions are represented by ERC-721o tokens that are specially designed for trading financial instruments and can be combined into portfolios and traded in combined orders in a native way. At the same time these tokens are backwards compatible with the ERC-721 token standard and can be used in existing ecosystems.

Opium introduces “Turing complete derivatives” (both exchange traded and over-the-counter) and “Turing complete oracles”. This combination allows to create contracts in a broader scope than just financial derivatives. A contract for any event, such as a sport event or even a lottery, can be set up - all within the existing ecosystem. Because derivatives can be combined with each other, it opens a huge number of use cases.

This site will serve as a project overview for the Opium Network - explaining how it works, how to use it, and how to build on top of it. These docs are actively being worked on and more information will be added continuously.